Top 5 free e-mail clients for Windows PC

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. This article will tell you about some of the best free e-mail clients for Windows.

Free e-mail clients for Windows 7 / 8

Windows Live Mail

If you are a Windows 7 | 8 user, then you definitely want to check out Windows Live Mail first. Windows Live Mail (also known as Windows Live Mail Desktop) is a part of the Windows Live Essentials suite and has been made available free of cost by Microsoft. It may be considered as the successor of Outlook Express that we used earlier in Windows XP. It integrates itself well with the Windows operating system.

Pros and Cons of Windows Live Mail


  • Powerful Multi user support
  • Conversation Organizer
  • Photo Email
  • Enhanced Security
  • Custom Layouts and quick views
  • RSS in your inbox
  • Direct Blogging


  • Does not offer custom smart folder
  • Cannot organize your mail using labels or reply with templates.


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
  • Tabs
  • 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 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 at 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
  • Auto-Sort
  • 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 many more…


  • Problem with language encodings
  • Cannot set up virtual folders to organize mail
  • Does not support IMAP accounts.


Alpine is a free of cost 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. Its 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.

You may also want to check out Inky, a cloud-based email client. You may also want to have a look at this Comparison Chart – Windows Live Mail vs Thunderbird vs Yahoo Zimbra.

This was our list of top 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. You suggestions are always most welcome.

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Lavish loves to follow up on the latest happenings in technology. He loves to try out new Windows based software and gadgets and is currently learning JAVA. He loves to develop new software for Windows. Creating a System Restore Point first before installing a new software is always recommended, he feels.


  1. Atf4ever

    Also Windows live mail is avaliable for Vista users, and there is an older version for XP users that is much better than Outlook Express.

  2. Jay

    There’s also foxmail. Although it’s a chineese product, it offers everything I was looking for in a small, fast e-mail client, and has english translation (don’t be misled with its default chineese language).
    To list couple pros:
    – templates for new/re/fwd messages
    – mouse gestures
    – native support for pgp
    – imap
    – rss reader
    – calendar
    and more

  3. Vaga

    I use dreammail with IMAP and no issue at all

  4. Neil_Parks

    I used Pegasus for DOS way back in the dinosaur days. It was a pretty good POP client. But its support of IMAP seemed to be an afterthought, just stuck on without blending in.

  5. Neil_Parks

    I didn’t know Alpine was even available for Windows. It is my email client of choice for console-mode Linux.

    For Windows I don’t think anything can beat Thunderbird.

  6. Diane Louw

    I dont speak Chinese – now what?

  7. Diane Dawn Foxcroft Louw

    where is the English translation as the one that i downloaded had ENG in it and it still is all chinese

  8. Jeniffer Maben

    I personally like ThunderBird. Pros of ThunderBird is better than cons. My PC is always loaded with ThunderBird and Live2Support.

  9. tropicaltech

    Please add Mailbird to the list 🙂 Mailbird is top notch! The best email client for Windows by far. It is beautiful, fast, and super productive with a lot of really awesome and promising features to innovate email coming down the pipeline. They are launching full IMAP support today 10.22.13, whereas before it was exclusive to Gmail and Google Apps users alone. I encourage readers to try it at getmailbird dot com 🙂 What do you guys think?

  10. I know, an older article but to update.
    Dream mail was an excellent APP, I used it for nigh on 7 years I think, but as of end of 2013 it was un-supported and became a little unstable. After a several crashes in quick succession and a corrupted data base I ditched it.
    Although I had no issues I have read of people who have found the security has been compromised.

    I need a multi account client, I tried Thunderbird, but it didn’t work for me, I couldn’t get into the interface and it took so long to send mail the server would time out. Seemed to be a bit precious. Opera has promise, but their idea of multi account falters when everything is composed from one master account, sort of defeats the purpose.

    Mail bird looked good but currently [2014] does not support POP and Pegasus, hmmm, it made me feel like an idiot that can’t understand a computer. Way to damn difficult to even set up, never got to using it~

    I used to use Fox-mail which was developed by the Dream mail guy then sold to Tencent, not actually wanting them to handle my mail, I followed the developer to Dreamail. I have used Fox mail on and off and my fears were unfounded, will likely go back to it.

    For those who find it is Chinese, yeah it is, [so was DREAMAILl] but it is easy to fix. Once downloaded, BEFORE set up, find the file, go to languages and delete the CHINESE LANGUAGE FILE. Then proceed, it will install and run in English.
    Hope that helps.

  11. This is an older article & I believe things have changed a bit in the email sphere. First of all, I email for business is an outdated concept and now, even small businesses must move on to a helpdesk. Why wouldn’t you? There are so many free options out there. Just as an example, I will use Helprace. Of course, a free service isn’t going to have custom domain mapping, so you’ll be stuck with something like But hey – still better than Yahoo & the functions can’t be beat. Furthermore, you can even tack on a self-service portal with a helpdesk. What’s not to like?

  12. Pope_Pius_IX

    A pathetic lightweight client without even the ability to sort your incoming email into custom folders.

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