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    Recommend e-mail client for new Windows 7 user

    Can anyone please advise me of a good email client to use with Windows 7.

    I have just bought my wife her first PC. She's used Outlook Express on various older PCs up to XP and ideally doesn't want to change the way of working that she's used to.

    Any advice gratefully received. Thank you.

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    I use Windows Live Mail, a part of the Windows Live Essentials suite of apps. You only have to install any or all the apps. I had had very goo d success with it. It is somewhat different than Outlook Express, but you can add all you email accounts. I use my POP account from my ISP, Gmail and Hotmail in it and check all at once.
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    Unfortunately Win7 does not like Outlook Exp and you cannot use it. I made the similar switch last year and looked all over for a work around for OE to no avail. I gave up and went to Windows Live as the other replier mentioned. It is not nearly as user friendly as OE. Be very careful to copy all your addresses and emails you want to keep from OE to a thumbdrive or similar in order to export to Win Live. The export will jumble everything up into a single folder requiring a resort into the various folders you are used to. Good luck.

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    I personally use Outlook 2007 as my main email client and Windows Live mail 2011 for my junk emails (Hotmail, Yahoo, Gmail). I use one of these Email adresses when I need to supply an Email address to get access to something on line or make purchases.

    Here is a list of 11 free Windows Email clients you might want to look at: http://email.about.com/od/windowsema...email_prog.htm

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    You can use Windows Mail in 7, it's like the old OE...
    I followed the instructions and have it working fine...

    Look Here http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...dows-mail.html
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    I totally agree with Banyarola - I did the same - went to sevenforums and followed the instructions exactly and Windows Mail works great. Use the instructions on the FIRST page of the thread - the discussion goes on and on for many pages and becomes very confusing with people briniging up all sorts of things and talking about adding this and that to the tutorial. You can ignore ALL of that and use the instructions on the first page of the thread without worry. Just do NOT deviate from those instructions. Decide if you have 64 bit or 32 Bit Windows 7 and use the right steps that apply to your version of windows 7 (mine's 64 bit). Go for it, and don't look back. I dithered and dithered, trying and trying for months to be happy with Windows Llive Mail - 2009 on one machine and 2011 on the other, and each has drawbacks so that neither is satisfactory. Don't do what I did and dither around, just go for Windows Mail and be happy. Windows Mail does exist on your windows 7 machine - it is just missing one .dll file which you will be able to download so you can get Windows Mail working. It is Outlook Express with a few very minor changes (it has a junk mail folder which you can enable or disable).

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    kell, I use the junk folder but don't download any new signature files for it because there could be problems using them with W7..

    Actually, I'm still using thunderbird for my default but use Windows mail occasionaly..
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    I have been using Thunderbird for about two and a half years now, since I started using Win7. I am still not totally satisfied with it.
    Just saw 'kelliann1's reply and will try that.
    If you got Microsoft Office, Outlook is a great mail server but too much for me, would love to get Outlook express back as it was simple and did all I wanted.

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    How about Eudora?

    I was an enthusiastic Eudora user throughout previous generations of Windows and, despite some discouragement from various web pages, have installed it on my Win 7 machine, and I find it works just as well for me as before. You can still download the last version (7.1, I think) before it became more like Thunderbird from http://www.eudora.com/download/. My only problem with it was finding where the mailboxes, and other user-account files were stored. Win 7 (even if you tell Eudora to store your files elsewhere on installation) stores them in C:\Users\[Username]\AppData\Roaming\Qualcomm\Eudora. Note that, in order to see the AppData folder, you have to set "Hidden Files and Folders" to "Show hidden files, folders and drives" under Tools\Folder Options\View Tab in Windows Explorer.
    Of course this version of Eudora is no longer supported, but I have found there are Forums which deal with any problems.

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    I have been using Pegasus since Win 3.1 days and before and it has always worked well. I am now on win7 and have never had any migration problems.
    http://www.pmail.com/

    Try it.

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    Since the demise of my old XP machine last year I have been using Thunderbird without any problems. I have been able to set it up almost as a clone to OE, so that made the change over pretty easy. After reading Susan Bradley's comment in issue 348 on the dropping of future updates to the program, I am a little disapointed and was wondering if there is a recommended email server which can run like OE or Thunderbird ie a look alike - I quite possitivley do not want to use MS Mail or any cloud based system. Help please.

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    Eudora, Thunderbird, Pegasus

    I used Pegasus as my very first email client back in the dark ages, and I liked it.
    I didn't know that Thunderbird was likely to be phased out, but it seems that the latest version of Eudora (Eudora OSE: https://wiki.mozilla.org/Eudora_OSE) is based on Thunderbird, so perhaps that might be a substitute for Thunderbird?

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    I've been using Thunderbird forever and love it. I don't care if they don't enhance it for now, but who knows what the future might bring?

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    Don't understand the question - Security is unimportant?

    It must be me but using any Microsoft email program will allow ActiveX code in an infected email to run. IMHO just a total NONO.

    If the lady liked OE then Thunderbird is almost a given; it's default screen layout is so much like OE that there shouldn't be a question - IMHO.

    I have literally many hundreds of customer folders, emails stored since 1998, a total of 1.13GB size of all the mail folders. It is fast, reactive and stable.

    From customers that use it I hear only good things about Lightning, Thunderbird's calendar extension.

    Backup? One folder tree and you have it all, emails, address books, extensions, everything.

    To the poster who remarked "I didn't know that Thunderbird was likely to be phased out":
    You are mistaken, sorry. TB is being moved to "stable" state, that is there will be no further new functionality added.The original wording is along the lines of
    [the leadership of the development team...] "has come to the conclusion that on-going stability is the most important thing, and that continued innovation in Thunderbird is not a priority for Mozilla’s product efforts"

    WOW! Finally stability over feature mongering. More or less and with several name changes it's the same since Netscape Mail appeared in Netscape Navigator somewhere around 1997, that was before Win98! But now Thunderbird is in a totally different world as far as stability is concerned. I wish it a long life!

    If you want all your sensitive communications with customers, suppliers, stores, banks and CC companies and so on to be out there "in the cloud" then go for it.

    But doesn't the law require from us to be able to produce printed copy of emails if requested? How in the wold can you guarantee that for cloud storage over ten years? Across services that have in the past lost their customer's emails? Anybody remember the Hotmail outage from way before yesteryear?

    Sorry, my remark almost became a rant. Hush...
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    Try eM Client

    For what it's worth, I tried eM Client (free version, limited to 2 accounts, available here: http://www.emclient.com/) when I'd finally had it with Outlook. It imported everything flawlessly, and played very well with my gMail accounts. It's simple to use, intuitive, and I love that it aggregates all my new mail in one folder.

    I tried Thunderbird, and liked it a lot, but couldn't make it work with my long list of gmail contacts, even though I mapped the fields, etc. repeatedly to import and tried every add-on that promised gmail contact synchronization. I still have it installed, just in case, but, for everyday use, the contact problem was a deal-breaker for me.

    In the end, I bought eM Client and have not regretted it once. Their support, when I've requested it, has been prompt and very helpful.

    Try it, you'll like it.

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