10/16/2005

Hotmail, Yahoo, Lycos, etc. on Mozilla Thunderbird

"Thunderbird gives you a faster, safer, and more productive email experience. Also, we have designed Thunderbird to prevent viruses and to stop junk mail so you can get back to reading your mail." -- Mozilla.org

So what, if you're happy with the "traditional way" of retrieving your emails, right? But wait... how do you manage and keep track of your 5+ accounts from various service providers? If you're smart enough to memorize all the ID/passwords and enjoy logging into different HTML interface accounts multiple times a day, don't bother reading this. But if you're someone like me who would rather use a single mail client to track all emails and do something else in the spare time, consider this... Thunderbird!

Of course there are 100+ mail clients that gives you POP support, a built-in RSS reader, support for HTML mail, powerful quick search, saved search folders, advanced message filtering, message grouping, labels, return receipts, smart address book LDAP address completion, import tools, and the ability to manage multiple e-mail and newsgroup accounts. But what about your Hotmail, Yahoo, Lycos, etc. "web-restricted" mails?

Controller Apps? Well, you can spend hours searching for a "working" pop control application on the web and scratch your head while figuring out how to properly configure/setup the application (memory consumption, open/close certain ports, etc.) to work with your Outlook, Evolution, etc. mail client. OR you can simply download platform free (yes, they work on Windows, Linux, and Macs) webmail extensions that goes along with Thunderbird mail client and rest.

So why use the extensions? First of all, you don't have to run the application and the mail client at the same time (and wish they sync) with these extensions. Just run your Thunderbird client, period. Secondly, web mail extension uses a single port to retrieve emails from all of your Hotmail, Yahoo, Lycos, Mail.com, etc. accounts. (Honestly, I just feel more secure with these extensions than some "free downloadable" app from the web) Finally, it is an open source project with support from hundreds and thousands of users like you.

For screenshots, setup, and download... click here.