The flow of email headed your way never abates, and you need a robust and easy-to-use Windows 10 app to help you manage it all. The Mail app that comes with Windows 10 is more than enough for a lot of people, but there are hundreds of other email apps vying for your attention. To help you decide which is best suited for you, we rounded up a bunch of the best out there that work with Windows 10.
Thunderbird is a free, open-source email client from Mozilla, most famous for its Firefox web browser. It's full of features that make it easy to navigate and use, and there are a ton of add-ons available for specialized needs. At its core, you're getting a powerful mail tool with a tab system, built-in web search bar, smart folders, real-time contact chat, one-click address book, and more.
Although Outlook comes bundled in most Office 365 plans, it can also be purchased separately. Outlook supports practically every email service, allowing you to keep track of all your addresses in one spot. Along with calendar and task integration, Outlook has a load of adjustable inbox rules to help keep you in the know.
Mailbird is a lightweight client that won't bog down your PC, but it can be fully customized to have it look exactly how you want. You can sync all of your accounts into one manageable inbox, and you can create your own quick replies, drag and drop attachments, and even search for messages just by clicking a user's profile picture. A free version is available, as well as monthly or lifetime subscriptions.
With plenty of customization options — including those for behavior and appearance — and support for popular email services, you can easily make it feel like you've been using eM Client for years. A recent update added PGP encryption support for anyone who needs to send encrypted emails, plus live backup will now run while you continue working within the app. A free version without all features is available, though the Pro version is a one-time buy.
If you're a fan of free, open-source email clients, Zimbra Desktop might be just what you're looking for. It supports multiple email services, it can be used without an internet connection, and it works cross-platform on Windows 10, macOS, and Linux. Take advantage of a tabbed layout for easier organization, with tools like calendar, contacts, tasks, and briefcase to keep you on the ball throughout the day.
Veteran Windows users will be immediately reminded of the old days when they see the Claws Mail user interface. Don't let its simplicity fool you; this is an able app geared toward advanced users who don't mind setting things up on their own, and it works well on older PCs thanks to low system requirements. The retro vibe (and everything else) is completely free.
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If you're struggling to handle your flow of email in your current app, any of these options will surely help. As far as free options go, Thunderbird is an outstanding open-source app full of features that many can't leave behind. As for a paid app, Outlook has been treating us well for years and considering it can be a part of Office 365 (which also includes the other Office apps and 1 TB of OneDrive storage), it's quite an enticing deal.
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