Unique fea­tures

What makes these par­tic­u­lar email clients stand out from the crowd?

Linux Format - - ROUNDUP -

Linux ma­chines fit­ted with ei­ther 8 or 16GB of RAM are un­likely to be af­fected by the mem­ory foot­print of the al­ways-open email ap­pli­ca­tions. How­ever, for low-spec or older ma­chines that have lim­ited hard­ware re­sources, ClawsMail is the per­fect so­lu­tion. Not only does it re­quire far fewer re­sources than its peers, it’s also fea­ture rich, sup­port­ing both POP and IMAP ac­counts. In ad­di­tion to ex­ten­sive fil­ter­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties, it also en­ables you to cre­ate coloured la­bels when sort­ing mes­sages. Set­ting up new ac­counts is also straight­for­ward in all the clients tested here.

Apart from emails, you can also use Evo­lu­tion to sched­ule ap­point­ments and track your tasks list. To­gether with KMail, both pro­grams are es­pe­cially con­scious of users’ pri­vacy and pro­vide easy means to sign, en­crypt and de­crypt mes­sages. The im­port wiz­ard on KMail sup­ports a large num­ber of ap­pli­ca­tions that the tool can im­port from, such as Evo­lu­tion, Thun­der­bird and Out­look Ex­press. If you’re on a non-KDE sys­tem, you must in­stall the akonadi-im­port-wiz­ard pack­age to ac­cess the fea­ture.

Like the oth­ers, Mail­spring also sup­ports cre­at­ing mul­ti­ple ac­counts. Even the free ver­sion pro­vides lim­ited ac­cess to some of its Pro fea­tures such as de­liv­ery no­ti­fi­ca­tion, which pro­duces a pop-up as soon as emails are de­liv­ered to the re­cip­i­ent’s mail box. For im­por­tant mes­sages that re­quire ur­gent replies, you can also cre­ate a re­minder when com­pos­ing mes­sages. The ap­pli­ca­tion will in­form you if no one has replied to your mes­sage within the spec­i­fied time pe­riod. You can also re­ceive a sum­mary of mes­sages sent and re­ceived, as well as track whether re­cip­i­ents ac­tu­ally open your emails, and whether they click a link in the mes­sage body, by click­ing Ac­tiv­ity on the side­bar.

When reading emails with Thun­der­bird, if you dou­ble-click a mes­sage, it opens in a sep­a­rate tab. Un­less you close such tabs af­ter reading the mail, Thun­der­bird will keep them open in­def­i­nitely. Un­like the other tools that re­quire add-ons to pro­tect you from phish­ing at­tacks, Thun­der­bird na­tively of­fers this fea­ture. Like its brother Fire­fox, Thun­der­bird fea­tures a vast ar­ray of ad­dons that can be used to ex­tend its func­tion­al­ity. You can also con­fig­ure it to block HTML mes­sages, if you find them a nui­sance.

Many fea­tures are en­abled by de­fault on Mail­spring, in­clud­ing sig­na­ture. You should cus­tomise it be­fore you start us­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion for pro­fes­sional com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

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