The newly updated eM Client is one of my favorite mail programs. It now supports Windows 8 and includes an auto-archiving feature, mail backup and restore, an improved calendar, and other welcome improvements. Its integrated instant-messaging module is icing on the cake.
Just one problem: When you reply to an email, it doesn’t mark it as read. That’s a crazy oversight, one I was hoping the developers would fix in this version. Other than that, it’s nearly perfect.
The free version allows you work with two email accounts. If you have more, you’ll need the $49.95 Pro version.
For example, Thunderbird shares eM Client’s odd refusal to mark replied-to messages as read, but there’s an add-on that solves that problem. It’s not the prettiest mail client there is, but Thunderbird deserves its reputation as one of the best.
Though part of the dwindling Windows Essentials collection, Windows Live Mail remains a well-rounded and attractive solution for anyone seeking a desktop mail client, especially one that fits in with Windows’ overall look and feel (to say nothing of Microsoft Office’s).
It hasn’t been updated in a while, but as PC World’s Preston Gralla points out in his review, “It doesn’t include all the bells and whistles of Microsoft Outlook, such as tasks and a full-blown calendar, but given that it’s free, Windows Live Mail is well worth the download.”
This is one the mail client I haven’t tried myself, but Zimbra Desktop has a loyal following among business-minded users—and there’s no reason it can’t pitch in at home.
Indeed, as PC World’s Jon Jacobi wrote in his Zimbra Desktop review, “Not only does this elegantly-styled program offer most of Outlook’s features, it interfaces to social media sites and services: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, WebEx and Digg currently.”
Consequently, this might be the preferable choice for anyone making a move from Outlook.
Have you found what you consider to be the ultimate desktop email client? Tell me about it in the comments!
For more than 20 years, Rick Broida has written about all manner of technology, from Amigas to business servers to PalmPilots. His credits include dozens of books, blogs, and magazines. He sleeps with an iPad under his pillow.