Competitive Comparison Charts – Windows Live Mail vs Thunderbird vs Yahoo Zimbra

Earlier in our head-to-head Comparison Chart series, we had seen comparison of  Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Photo Gallery vs. iPhoto vs. Picasa and Comparison of various Application Suites in Windows Live Essentials Vs Apple iLife.

One of the Application compared in the Application Suites was Windows Live Mail against Mail of iLife. Today we will see Windows Live Mail  compared to Thunderbird and Zimbra Desktop.

If you haven’t yet tried the new Windows Live Essentials 2011 Beta Refresh, of which the Windows Live Mail and Family Safety are part of, then give it a try.

Which desktop mail client do you prefer to use, by the way?

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  1. rene

    This Comparison is not correct.

    Thunderbird have a Calendar, RSS Feed Support and a the Conversation Threading is also available…

    Who make this Comparison ?

  2. phantom4

    @rene: Windows makes it of course.

  3. Oaken

    Ditto Rene.

    My Thunderbird setup incorporates various mail accounts, four different Google calendars, and with a little help from GMail Labs “Advanced IMAP Controls” – I can take it anywhere with me on a USB stick

  4. Khai


    Thunderbird 3 – Conversation Threading, under View – Threads. Standard install of TB3.

  5. The Chart was taken from the Windows Live site. Thanks for pointing it out. While RSS Feed and the Conversation Threading is supported by default,I think Thunderbird needs an add-on for Calendar support.
    Windows Live has been informed about the same. Thanks again to our readers. Regular users of Thunderbird and Zimbra can provide more inputs.

  6. Thanks for the feedback. The chart has been corrected 🙂

  7. The quick search in Thunderbird 3.1.3 is better than others as it gives Timeline search results with filter options for the search.

    And top of all setting up email account is damn easy no need to remember those server settings.

  8. josiah

    Zimbra has RSS support…

    About the easy setup, I think that is debatable. I found Outlook more difficult than Thunderbird, personally.

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