Just for kicks, I figured I would try out Thunderbird. Thunderbird, if you don’t know, is an email program put out by the same people who built Firefox, the Mozilla foundation.
I was hoping that I would have another Firefox experience. "This is the best mail client in the world!" was what I was hoping to be able to say, but I haven’t really had any of those moments yet. It’s fine. It’s good. It is just not spectacular. That may be because there aren’t as many extensions yet, or because it is still in version 0.8. Dunno. Regardless, I find it to be just fine but not spectacular.
But, I don’t really recommend it to everyone. I know of at least one bug. When I converted my Outlook email to Thunderbird it dropped all of my attachments in my previous email, which was rather annoying. But other than that I haven’t had any bad experiences. A friend of mine, Chris Perkinson did, but I’m not sure what the source of those are. I’m also more cautious about an application like Thunderbird than I am one like Firefox. If Firefox completely crashes on you and you can’t use it, you can always uninstall it. But Thunderbird actually holds some of your data, and if it crashes, I guess you could lose it. That makes me naturally more cautious to even try it myself. At this point in the game I don’t think I would recommend it, but we’ll see if that changes.