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    An old friend of mine has finally decided that his ten-year-old desktop has had it, and will be shopping for a new PC soon. He had Outlook Express with his XP os, but he won't be able to use OE with Windows 7. I've suggested webmail such as Gmail or Yahoo! Mail, but he may want a client to replace OE. Outlook would be overkill for his basic email needs.

    So this should be the place to ask about what good, simple, easy-to-learn email clients are out there. They should also be free or inexpensive. I used Eudora for a long time, but I understand that it is now not being actively developed. Or am I wrong? Would Eudora be a candidate for him? What else is there?

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    Windows Live Mail
    Microsoft's WLM is the successor to OE that is nearly identicle.

    Thunderbird 3.1
    A easy Mozilla alternative.

    Outlook (Windows, for Office Standard Suite)
    MS Outlook

    Gmail (Web-based, Free)
    Web Based Gmail, a good free alternative.

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    Consider your needs prior to choosing a client. Identify a client with ongoing update intervals & product support.
    Windows Live Mail would be ideal for someone coming from OE as it is nearly identicle.
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    My method is glitch free. As you probably already have a Windows Live ID, go for W L Mail, import your contacts. Now open a Gmail account, add it to W L Mail then delete the other account if you don't need it. Now you will have total control of what happens to your mail. If you choose my method I'll help with set up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roderunner View Post
    then delete the other account if you don't need it.
    If you delete the old account anyone who knows (and uses) the current email address will get bounce messages. I would forward it to Gmail for a while (a few years perhaps) .
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    WLM gets my vote as well. Use it for all you email accounts. Mine is set up to check 3 different accounts each time I sign on. It will check them and organize them separately, then you can reply using whichever account you choose. Works well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Hutchison View Post
    If you delete the old account anyone who knows (and uses) the current email address will get bounce messages. I would forward it to Gmail for a while (a few years perhaps) .
    John, re read Dick's post 1
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    I did.

    I don't actually see any connection between a new email client, and needing a new email provider. I don't think Dick indicated any problems with his current provider.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dick Moores View Post
    I've suggested webmail such as Gmail or Yahoo! Mail, but he may want a client to replace OE. Outlook would be overkill for his basic email needs.

    Dick Moores
    Quote Originally Posted by John Hutchison View Post
    I did.

    I don't actually see any connection between a new email client, and needing a new email provider. I don't think Dick indicated any problems with his current provider.
    He did'nt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roderunner View Post
    My method is glitch free. As you probably already have a Windows Live ID, go for W L Mail, import your contacts. Now open a Gmail account, add it to W L Mail then delete the other account if you don't need it. Now you will have total control of what happens to your mail. If you choose my method I'll help with set up.
    i am interested in your method. how do you do it? i use gmail, no intention of using hotmail etc.
    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by spec View Post
    i am interested in your method. how do you do it? i use gmail, no intention of using hotmail etc.
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    I have a Windows Live ID, it is used to log in to W L Mail. It contains all my contacts as does Gmail (I never use Gmail directly to read or write) WLM is more versatile.
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    1 Get a W L ID and download Windows Live Essentials, you can import your contacts from Gmail ( think)
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    3 Now delete Windows Mail Account.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clint Rossmere View Post
    Windows Live Mail
    Microsoft's WLM is the successor to OE that is nearly identicle.
    Even though I am completely happy with Gmail, and have no need for an email client for my current email (but see below), I thought I'd try out a couple of your suggestions. I discovered that I already had it WLM on my Vista laptop (it came with some recent updating I did), that it was very easy to set up, and very easy to use. I very well may suggest that my friend use it when he gets his Windows 7 desktop in a couple of weeks (I think his daughter is going to order it for him from Dell).

    And I will continue to use WLM to deal with an old email address that had over 12,000 emails piled up at my webhoster. I'm now gradually unsubscribing that address from many email lists. BTW I haven't found where to create filters yet. Are they possible?

    Thunderbird 3.1
    An easy Mozilla alternative.
    I thought Thunderbird might be a good candidate for my friend, but after spending over 2 hours trying to get it set up, I gave up. It may be easy to use, but not to set up. I've since seen serious complaints about this -- that Thunderbird 3 tries to make the setup of an account almost automatic, but when this goes wrong, doing it manually becomes extremely hard for many. This is what happened to me. My webhoster has a video about the setup, but it's for version 2, and is of little use.

    As I said, Outlook is overkill for my friend, even if an excellent program.

    Gmail (Web-based, Free)
    Web Based Gmail, a good free alternative.
    Yes!

    I was a Eudora user and fan for many years, on my old XP desktop. I didn't know about the OSE. I'll set it up for myself and give it a try to see if it might be a good candidate for my friend.

    Hm. Maybe I'll take a look. Is it easy to set up and use?

    I doubt that he wants to learn a new browser.

    Consider your needs prior to choosing a client. Identify a client with ongoing update intervals & product support.
    Windows Live Mail would be ideal for someone coming from OE as it is nearly identical.
    I'll send him a screen shot of WML to give him an idea.

    Thanks for all your suggestions.

    Dick

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    thanks, roderunner for the info

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dick Moores View Post
    And I will continue to use WLM to deal with an old email address that had over 12,000 emails piled up at my webhoster. I'm now gradually unsubscribing that address from many email lists. BTW I haven't found where to create filters yet. Are they possible?
    In WLM you create filters by going to the "Folders" tab then use the "Message Rules" button.

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    I'm not a computer expert, but with Bill Gates past track record, I for one use nothing but what I just have to from microsoft. Windows Live Mail might be great, but you can bet the day is not far off when Gates kill WLM,

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    Try Pocomail. I have used it for years after trying all the others.

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