Other fea­tures

Will it make you break­fast?

Linux Format - - ROUNDUP -

Along with the web browser, the email ap­pli­ca­tions are one of the most recog­nis­able com­po­nents of the desk­top. What started as a means to eas­ily com­mu­ni­cate with your con­tacts have now ex­panded to be­he­moth projects with a vast fea­ture set. Not all users would want their email client to set up re­minders and dou­ble up as a cal­en­dar. But if these are things that you use daily, it’s prob­a­bly best to use just the one tool, rather than sev­eral.

Evo­lu­tion, Gnome’s of­fi­cial Per­sonal In­for­ma­tion Man­ager (PIM), pro­vides a cal­en­dar, ad­dress book and a task man­ager. You can get the same fea­tures with KMail, pro­vided you run it on top of the KDE desk­top, where it can con­nect with other well-known KDE com­po­nents such as Kon­tact and Kor­ga­nizer.

If you fre­quently col­lab­o­rate with non-English speak­ers over email, you’ll ap­pre­ci­ate Mail­spring’s abil­ity to trans­late mes­sages writ­ten in English into Span­ish, Rus­sian, sim­pli­fied Chi­nese, French, and Ger­man. It can auto-de­tect your lan­guage and per­forms spell-check with­out chang­ing the lan­guage set­tings. It’s also es­pe­cially tai­lored for touch de­vices and sup­ports many con­fig­urable ges­tures such as swipe left or right.

Un­like the other tools, Thun­der­bird can also con­nect with chat ac­counts on var­i­ous ser­vices so that a sin­gle ap­pli­ca­tion keeps record of all your com­mu­ni­ca­tions with your con­tacts. The ad­van­tage of its mul­ti­ple-chan­nel chat sup­port is that you can use the search fea­ture to go through past con­ver­sa­tions and emails ex­changed with all your con­tacts. Should you ever have the need to per­form a search on the web, you can do so from the search bar within the ap­pli­ca­tion it­self, in­stead of switch­ing over to a web browser, and can even choose the search en­gine you wish to use.

Claws doesn’t pro­vide as many fea­tures out of the box but you can get al­most all the same func­tion­al­ity with the use of plug-ins. It can eas­ily dou­ble as a news ag­gre­ga­tor, man­age ap­point­ments, and more. Evo­lu­tion and Thun­der­bird are more re­source hun­gry than the oth­ers. Some­thing to con­sider if you de­cide to use these ap­pli­ca­tions for more than just email.

As many ser­vices block email mes­sages based on size, you can con­fig­ure Thun­der­bird to con­nect with your ac­count on Box.

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