Everybody reading this article must have an email account that you use frequently. While you can always access it via its web interface, it is more convenient to have an email client on your Windows desktop, so that you can read and send mail quickly. Windows Live Mail was very popular, but Microsoft has now stopped supporting it. Outlook is a great email client, and I use it. The Windows 10 Mail app too, is an option some may want to consider.
If you are looking for third-party alternatives, then here are some of the best free e-mail clients for Windows 10/8/7:
- Mozilla ThunderBird
- Opera Email Client
- Zimbra and others.
Let us take a look at them.
Free email clients for Windows 10
ThunderBird is an easy-to-use, open source email client by Mozilla Inc, which comes with some great features.
Setting up an Email on ThunderBird is quite easy, even if you aren’t a geek you can do so as it has some pre-loaded settings for most of the popular email services such as Hotmail, Google Mail, Yahoo Mail, etc. It supports a one-click address book that allows you to add people or contacts to your address book very easily.
Pros and Cons of ThunderBird
- Migration Assistant
- Mail Account Setup Wizard
- One-Click Address Book
- Attachment Reminder
- Activity Manager
- Quick Filter Toolbar
- Add-ons Manager
- Message Archive
- Smart Folders
- Phishing Protection
- Automated Update
- Open Source
- Does not show related messages, sites, documents, posts, etc.
- RSS reader could be more powerful and better
- Doesn’t suggest tags and reply texts.
Opera Email Client
Opera Email Client, available here, is again a free email client from Opera, the developers of the Opera Web Browser and Opera Mini. Opera’s offline access to email is superb, the offline emails that are stored on the server are just run as they are viewed online. Opera can view texts and even HTML messages. It also offers great features for pre-supported email services. Opera Mail is now also available as a separate Windows Desktop Email Client
Pros and Cons of Opera Email Client
- Offline Access
- Low Bandwidth Mode
- All Accounts in just one email client
- Smart Spam Filters
- Unread View
- Ignore thread and contacts
- Attachments Label
- Does not offer flexible message templates or advanced automation
- Does not support secure message signing and encryption
- Opera can be idiosyncratic to the uninitiated.
Many consider DreamMail as one of the best email clients to use. It is free of cost, and it is designed to handle Multi-Accounts. Moreover, it shows good support for POP3 and IMAP servers. I personally feel that it has the most powerful junk box, that really takes out all the junk out of your inbox.
Pros and Cons of DreamMail
- Multi Users and Multi-Accounts Support
- Signature manager and template designer.
- Special anti-spam filters that scan every dangerous mail
- Miscellaneous Protocol Managements
- Messages filtering
- HTML view and Text view mode]
- And much more…
- Problem with language encodings
- Cannot set up virtual folders to organize mail
- Does not support IMAP accounts.
Alpine is a free console email client. Alpine is suitable for both the inexperienced email user as well as for the most demanding of power users. This software is a favorite with programmers, developers, power users, and geeks. It is based on the Pine Message System, which was also developed at the University of Washington. The user experience is highly customizable through the use of the Alpine Setup command. Alpine is licensed under Apache license, and its first version was released on December 20, 2007. You will get to know more about this tiny email client when you will use it.
Pros and Cons of Alpine
- Good Protocol support
- Console application
- Let you change the configuration within the software only
- Supports HTML text viewing
- Very Powerful
- Great Keyboard Shortcuts
- Very Fast interface
- And many other
- Complicated to set up and, especially with POP accounts
- cannot control Alpine with macros or scripts
- Does not integrate OpenPGP security directly.
Inky Cloud-enabled email client
Inky is a free all-in-one cloud-enabled email client which allows you to bring all your different email accounts at one single place. With Inky you can access your inbox and compose emails very easily.
Apart from these, there are other options too. Take a look at Email Insights. It is a no-frills lightweight email client for Windows from Microsoft Garage that offers you a faster way of searching your Outlook & Gmail Inbox. Some of the other free email clients that are available are Zimbra, Claws Mail, eM Client, MailBird, etc. If you are looking for Windows Store apps, you may want to check out MetroMail and TouchMail.
This was our list of best email clients for Windows. If you would like to share your experiences with any of these or suggest some other free e-mail clients, please do so in the comments section. Your suggestions are always most welcome.