If you have a POP3 enabled email or if your Email service providers lets you to access mail from a desktop client, then there are quite a few options to access mail. Most commonly used program is Microsoft Outlook. But Outlook comes bundled with Office suite which is not a freeware. For those who cannot afford the MS office or those looking for an alternative to Outlook, here is a list of 12 freewares to check Email.
1. Thunderbird: Mozilla Thunderbird is a good, fully features and secure email client and RSS reader. It features lot of options like the Outlook and also has large number of add-ons like Firefox for better management of Emails. You can also check out the top5 Thunderbird extensions.
2. Windows Mail: Windows Mail is a free email program from Microsoft which replaces the Outlook Express. Windows Mail also supports RSS feeds and has good features. It comes bundled with Vista. It is relatively safe with spam and phishing filters.
3. Eudora: Eudora is another good email client software which is powerful, flexible and loaded with features. Eudora is a good spam filter and can handle multiple POP3 and IMAP accounts. Eudora also has a Fast index search.
4. Opera: Opera Mail is the email client bundled in the Opera suite of Internet tools which includes a feature-packed web browser, newsgroup and RSS reader, as well as an IRC chat client. Opera has good functionality which you can expect in an email client and it also features virtual folders concept.
5. Mozilla Mail: Mozilla Mail is the email application from the open-source Mozilla Internet Suite, which include a browser, an HTML editor and an IRC client program. It has features of Thunderbird and only major difference is that its not a standalone application.
6. Incredimail: Incredimail is another easy to use Email client which has decent features and a good spam prevention. Only drawback of Incredimail is the not suited for email accounts with large number of emails.
7. Mulberry: Mulberry is another powerful email client for all platforms. It has strong security and privacy included. It supports multiple POP and IMAP accounts and only drawback of Mulbery is that its pretty difficult to use.
8. Pegasus Mail: Pegasus mail is another free email client developed over many years and its very powerful and secure program available for Windows. Only drawback of Pegasus is the interface, which could have been better.
9. Foxmail: Foxmail is another free email client which has lot of features but does not supports IMAP mails. Foxmail also has a decent spam filter and security features.
10. ePrompter: ePrompter is a free tool for email notification and retrieval. supports AIM, AOL, Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, Yahoo Beta, POP3, Earthlink, Excite, Juno, Lycos, Mail.com, Mindspring, MSN, MyWay, Netscape, Rediffmail, SBC Yahoo and hundreds of other email domains.
11. Sylpheed: Sylpheed is a Linux based free email client which can also run on Windows. Sylpheed is a simple, lightweight but featured and easy-to-use e-mail client.
12. POP Peeper: POP Peeper is a free tool that runs on Windows and alerts users to new email in their POP3, Hotmail, MSN or Yahoo email accounts. POP Peeper can also be used to read/delete email, and the package supports HTML-format email as well as text mail.
If you use any other free email programs on Windows, please share it in comments.