Similar to the series of posts about “Free” alternatives (which are just as good if not better than the paid-for software), there are also “better” alternatives to some other free programs that most people use without thinking.

Use Mozilla Thunderbird (Tb) instead of Outlook Express (OE)

It’s been so long since I used OE, I don’t really know what features it has any more. A while back OE was targeted quite regularly (it may still be happening) with viruses that would send themselves on to everyone in your Address Book, or do something unpleasant to your emails or computer.

Similar to Firefox, Thunderbird is versatile, and the add-ons available make emailing and managing contacts easier than ever before.

Here’s what Mozilla say about Thunderbird themselves:

Keep Your Vital Information Organized
Thunderbird 2 features many new enhancements to help you better manage your unruly inbox, and stay informed. Thunderbird 2 scales to the most sophisticated organizational needs while making it easy to find what you need.

Secure and Protect Your Mail
Mozilla has bolstered Thunderbird’s acclaimed security and privacy measures to ensure that your communications and identity remain safe. It’s like having your own security guard online.

Get Your Mail, Your Way
Thunderbird allows you to customize your email to suit your specific needs whether it’s how you search and find messages or listening to music right out of your inbox.

You can click on the headings above to find out more about those aspects of this excellent email client.

A list of my favourite Thunderbird add-ons is here.