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12 Free Email Programs for Windows


12 Free Email Programs for Windows

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.

Email Softwares

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,, 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.

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  1. rahul

    September 20, 2007 at 11:42 am

    I say thunderbird,eudora very good 🙂
    pop peeper sometime give issues .

    haven’t tried opera mail yet 😳

  2. nirmaltv

    September 20, 2007 at 12:22 pm

    Thunderbird and Eudora are the popular ones!

  3. Joel Rivera

    September 20, 2007 at 2:18 pm

    I use Thunderbird in one computer and Outlook in the other. I used incredimail once but I believe it hsa to much useless stuffs.

  4. ugyen

    September 20, 2007 at 2:19 pm

    Hi Nirmal,
    I Pretty much Favor Thunderbird from all the list.

  5. abhishek bhatnagar

    September 20, 2007 at 3:55 pm

    well i just love eprompter…it is really awesome utility.

  6. indyankk

    September 20, 2007 at 4:05 pm

    eprompter is really cool apart from thunderbird…

  7. Matt Jones

    September 20, 2007 at 4:09 pm

    Great post Nirmal! Stumbled 🙂

  8. nirmaltv

    September 20, 2007 at 4:24 pm

    @Matt Jones,
    Thanks for the Stumble! 🙂

  9. Raj

    September 20, 2007 at 5:09 pm

    Thunderbird is the best One 🙂

  10. ReviewSaurus

    September 20, 2007 at 5:11 pm

    Nice list nirmal. My fav. will be windows live mail! so many features so many features!!!

  11. K-IntheHouse

    September 20, 2007 at 6:13 pm

    Nice list.. stumbled! I am sticking to my GMail interface though for now. 😉

  12. nirmaltv

    September 20, 2007 at 6:38 pm

    Good to see you back in Blogging! 🙂

    Thanks for the stumble. 🙂

  13. Madhur Kapoor

    September 20, 2007 at 7:08 pm

    I havent tried anyone yet as these are blocked in college .

  14. syahid ali

    September 20, 2007 at 7:47 pm

    incredimail is very beautiful but thunderbird addons capability makes me fall in love with it. and foxmail is a very fast client. for linux, sylpheed rocks too.

  15. Vaibhav

    September 20, 2007 at 9:00 pm

    Nice list, Windows Mail definately is the best option for me, but i will also wait for Gmail to go offline. 😆

  16. ram

    September 21, 2007 at 1:55 am

    I use Thunderbird and windows mail. I used to use Incredimail but gave up to windows mail.

  17. nirmaltv

    September 21, 2007 at 9:51 am

    Same is the case in offices, they block POP3 access.

    @Vaibhav and Ram
    Windows mail is really a good option with good features.

  18. TechZilo

    September 21, 2007 at 2:38 pm

    A bit unrelated here, but a doubt, Nirmal.

    You had recommended excerpts in index, on my post…

    I added excerpt tag for index.php, archives, categories.php

    All that is working fine. But what is the “xxx.php” name of the author post pages? ie, page which lists all posts of a particular author?

    Also, is there any other template I have to create and edit to ensure that only excerpt is shown?

  19. TechZilo

    September 21, 2007 at 2:55 pm

    Solved it, author post pages doesnt need any particular page, just set up archives….

    But is there anything else, other than index, archives, and category.php that I have to place the excerpt tag in?

  20. nirmaltv

    September 21, 2007 at 2:58 pm

    I do not have a page where its shows all the posts by a particular author. But If you have such a page, then show only the titles of the post in that page, once you click the link, you can navigate to the post.

  21. TechZilo

    September 21, 2007 at 3:11 pm

    Your theme looks cool – why not add AJAX comments?

    Also, when’s your new theme coming out?

  22. nirmaltv

    September 21, 2007 at 4:20 pm

    Ajax comments plugin was not taking up the customizations in comment form, that why removed it. My theme will be available soon.

  23. Haris

    September 21, 2007 at 8:42 pm

    Cool list, Nimral. I have used the first three and Incredimail. I haven’t tried the rest of them.

  24. Brown Baron

    September 21, 2007 at 11:58 pm

    I used Eudora when it was still brand new. Time really goes by fast 😀

  25. Vijay

    September 22, 2007 at 9:24 am

    I use thunderbird and it’s quite good.. Nice list Nirmal!

  26. Shankar Ganesh

    September 22, 2007 at 2:35 pm

    Thunderbird I’ve tried, not others 😀 I’m gonna download IncrediMail.

  27. Thilak

    September 22, 2007 at 8:36 pm

    I’ve been using Thunderbird for ages now, but many people disagree with the idea of using POP. My friends say they like webmail interface.

    Anyways, I wonder why Mozilla is wasting man hours developing two different email clients. Oh yeah, Thunderbird isn’t Mozilla anymore (MailCo)

  28. nirmaltv

    September 23, 2007 at 3:49 pm

    Some people like web interface especially if they have used it for long time, they tend to stick on with that.
    Yea, Thunderbird is now MailCo. 🙂

  29. Thilak

    September 23, 2007 at 9:18 pm

    @Nirmal: True, I’m a kind of “old-school” guy. When I started using the internet, we didn’t have broadband here, and it was pretty expensive. I always found myself comfortable with email clients. But today, broadband is so cheap and affordable, so lot of people prefer webmail over email client.

  30. SL Lindens

    September 29, 2007 at 9:26 pm

    Why not Include Windows Live Mail? Remember… Live mail desktop is different to the Windows Mail that comes with Vista.

  31. Roxy

    November 1, 2007 at 4:30 pm

    this is great information for me. thank you

  32. Nora

    April 7, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    I used a lot of e-mail clients, after hours and hours of tests I find usefull these 3 software : poppeeper (portable of course, for my quick-control sessions) ; komamail (portable, light, powerfull and continually improved) ; Outlook Express (to store all data in a common format).


  33. Q

    May 4, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    I have used Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Live Mail, THunderbird and Opera Mail. Personally, I like Thunderbird and Windows Live Mail. Im currently using Outlook 2010 Beta. It’s pretty cool. but I have a PC with nothing but Freeware apps (except Windows) and Truthfully, Thunderbird and Opera Mail is where its at. You can get Windows Live Mail by downloading the Windows Live Suite from Microsoft.

  34. Windows XP Support

    July 2, 2011 at 1:22 am

    nice post, Q I don’t know why but every thing that google does is on-line, i guess it does leave room for some other companies, to have something in the market

  35. Jennifer

    August 20, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    1) Incredimail records every email address that flows through Incredimail, gathers them and then sells them to anyone willing to pay them for them.

    2) If you have a problem with the program their tech support is terrible and appears to be poorly trained. I have now sent 3 tech support requests and the first two responses told me to do what I told them in my submission that I had already done. It has now been 2 weeks and they have not responded to my third request to help.

    The problem: All of a sudden after a program update 75% of my email was being sent directly to my DELETED ITEMS folder, including addresses that are in my CONTACTS and even addresses in my FAVORITES. They apparently do not know how to fix this problem because they have stopped responding to my requests for help.

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