I’ve been trying out different email programs, just to see if something fits better than Outlook which I’ve always used. I use Google Apps to host my domain email and have to check using IMAP. I find the IMAP in Outlook fairly slow at times.
I tried Postbox & Opera mail and didn’t like either, I then tried Thunderbird again. I’ve tried it several times over the years and it never stuck. But now since I use an Android phone I’ve been using Google Contacts & Calendar more and more over the Outlook built-in options. I still use Outlook contacts & calendar but use a program called gSyncit to sync changes.
The thing that sets Thunderbird apart is its healthy ecosystem of “addons”. There are addons to use Google Contacts & Calendar within Thunderbird. I also find the IMAP much faster and the search and filtering is faster and contains some nice features.
I will try using Thunderbird for a week as my main email client and see if it sticks. One thing I miss already is the ability to right click an email “find related messages” which Outlook has.
Here are the addons I’m using