Microsoft Outlook is the most popular email client for both home and business users. However, it comes at a huge cost. There are many viable alternatives that are completely free so we have put together a list of 5 of the best of email apps that could replace Microsoft Outlook.
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Mozilla Thunderbird is one of the best alternatives to Microsoft Outlook. Mail account setup wizard allows you to configure your mail without the hassle of knowing your IMAP, SMTP or TLS/SSL settings. You can sign up for personalized email address within Thunderbird and it will be set up automatically for you to send and receive emails. One click address book, attachment reminder are some of the additional features. Multiple channel chat allows you to have a real-time conversation with your contacts from your favorite messaging applications. You can also use Thunderbird in a tabbed manner making it look and feel similar to Mozilla Firefox. Activity manager records all the interactions between Thunderbird and your email provider in a single place. Like Firefox you can install and manage Add-ons in Thunderbird. Automatic updates and phishing protection are the security features offered by Thunderbird.
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Mailbird is one of the best alternatives to Microsoft Outlook that allows you to take control of your inbox. Personalize your inbox the way you want it, customize your account icons, conversation view for better clarity in your emails, you can customize your email signature for every email account and also create your own shortcuts. Mailbird also supports apps like Dropbox, Evernote, Facebook, Whatsapp, Google Docs etc. You can group all email accounts in one with Unified Inbox so you can see all your emails in one place. Advanced touch supports swipe gestures to manage your email. It is well designed and customizable. Easy to configure and use and supports POP3/IMAP. You can integrate with LinkedIn and Facebook, TechCrunch, Twitter etc.
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WebMail is the easiest email manager out there, it is free, simple, has all the features and does not require any installations. All you need to do is type the address of the email service provider like Gmail, Yahoo mail or Outlook.com. Login using your email id and password, in this way you can manage your email from any computer or any modern browser. You can also log out after each session. Using webmail you can access your email from any computer. It is fast and easy to use. Most of the web-based email clients offer it for free of cost. But you have to log in every time if you want to access your email. It also requires a constant internet connection and will not work offline. It has fewer features compared to dedicated mail apps.
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The Windows 10 Mail app is the default mail application on all computers running Windows 10 and exists along with Outlook. It has a beautiful UI that is modern and easy on the eye. You can set up multiple email accounts, it supports IMAP, SMTP, and POP3. You can set any picture as a background for the application, it bleeds through the sidebar on the left giving it a very sophisticated look. The mail app on Windows 10 makes use of the latest Fluent Design language. Swipe gestures and quick actions make frequent operations readily available. You can set how the mail is synchronized.
You can also create individual email signatures for each account. It is optimized for touch screen and tablet devices and scales well across devices of all sizes. It can notify you of new emails in the action center, you can also choose between light or dark theme.
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Inky is a new app that features a clean and modern design. It also comes with plenty of features. It is easy to set up and use. Inky also has a mobile app available for iOS devices. It supports POP and IMAP accounts as well. It is available for Windows and Mac OS but is not available on Android. You can access both your personal and work emails on a single screen which helps you to manage them efficiently. There is an automatic set up feature for the popular email services which is great for beginners. It is a great alternative to Microsoft Outlook.