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Five more alternatives to Microsoft Outlook

Opera Mail 1

This screenshot gallery is also available as a post in the TechRepublic Five Apps Blog.

Outlook is one of the most widely used email clients in the business world. But with more smaller-sized companies starting to migrate to other, cheaper, solutions a lot of users are finding email clients that handle the tasks, without the headaches (and cost) that often accompany Outlook.

Email clients offer a variety of features; some features map perfectly to Outlook, some may not. Some email clients offer calendars, some stick with just the basics. In the end, what's important is that you find a client not only offers you what you need, but does so reliably and within your budget. I've found five solid email clients to help you migrate away from Outlook. Give these a look and see which one(s) might work.

Five Apps

1 Opera Mail

Opera Mail is one of those clients that surprise a lot of people. Most have heard of the Opera browser, few know about the mail client. That is a shame as Opera Mail is quite solid, supports POP, IMAP (no Exchange support), newsgroups, RSS, and Atom feeds.

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45 comments
jimdandy45
jimdandy45

. . . . simply click on the line that reads: This screenshot gallery is also available as a post in the TechRepublic Five Apps Blog. It is a hyperlink that takes you directly to the "bog". Works for me!

marcdw
marcdw

Another alternative not mentioned here could be EssentialPIM. In the past it was just a PIM which I used as a mid-point between my Palm TX and Pocket PC. Today it has email, calendar, tasks, contacts, and all kinds of syncing (still supporting old Palm and Pocket PC but also Outlook/Exchange and over a dozen cloud services). Plus there's a network version and versions for iOS and Android. Portable, too. There's also eM Client (which looks/feels more like Windows Live Mail). Have no idea if it supports Exchange or not. It has some calendaring ability but I can't seem to get it to access my personal .ics file sitting on MyDrive (unlike Lightning and some standalone calendars). Or even my existing Live calendar for that matter.

PurpleSkys
PurpleSkys moderator

I like to give people benefit of the doubt in thinking that they can actually READ but ya know, let's not read the article and just b!t@h about the thumbnail format. Never mind doing as suggested and reading the blog version posted right under the first thumbnail. I don't like the thumbnail version either, but some folks do. I read the blog version of these kinds of posts instead of complaining about it. Remember, it ain't all about what you or I like. [b]Blog version is available here:[/b] http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/five-apps/five-email-clients-to-help-ease-you-away-from-outlook/1793?tag=content;siu-container

janitorman
janitorman

tech republic subscriptions page.. unsubscribe to the five apps, and sign up for the daily digest instead. It tends to have the same articles in the blog format rather than slideshow. http://www.techrepublic.com/newsletters OR simply click the link "view as blog post" at the top of each of these articles. Sheesh.

VMillan
VMillan

Take it as constructive criticism, please. I also like to read the full article when I land in a page.

eric_s
eric_s

If any of you had any interest in the information rather than swinging you Troll bat, you would have LOOKED at the header just above this one. Check the option to have someone with an above room temperature IQ read the headings to you S L O W L Y

phenricks
phenricks

I have decided that no matter how interested I am in this and other "lists", I will click away from the first page that tries to force me into this clicking nightmare. Who has the time for this nonsense.

mbendik
mbendik

Agree with the comments above. I never fully read any of TechRepub articles when presented in this format. Hey TR, are you listening???

jschnei
jschnei

I agree with the above posts. The info takes forever to load in any browsers I try. Then takes forever to scroll through. I often see interesting topics in the email newsletter I get, but clicking on the link invariably takes me to a sideways scrolling of screen prints rather than an article that is easily readable. Please redesign this interface. The info and topics are interesting to me but I don't read most of them because of the way the information is presented.

mtg42
mtg42

I do not like the slide shows at all. But as far as e-mail clients, I need one that can open or convert or in someway deal with outlook archive files (.pst). None explicitly mention that.

jsharp007
jsharp007

Wouldn't a functional requirement of any outlook replacement include some type of exchange / groupware server functionality? Folks buy outlook to work in an office setting. And that means collaboration. The topic of an outlook / exchange replacement got me very interested, but I would of rather seen topics / software like Zimbra (http://www.zimbra.com/) explored. Oh, and +1 for slide / thumbnail irritation

jbaldwin
jbaldwin

I get the email updates and always click on what looks like an interesting article, get to this page and realize that it's that annoying click thru thing again. I alwats make one more click after that which closes the browser.

Rickochet
Rickochet

The presentation of what is supposed to be a serious business article is ruined by the way it is presented. Pop-ups everywhere, $hit flying across the screen, move your cursor over the wrong place and you are bombarded with more pop-ups and other non-related crap. If your article has substance, it will earn my respect and I therefore will take your advertisements more seriously. Just let me look at them under my own terms. If they do apply to me then I WILL look at them. But forcing ads down my throat is never going to work. I have vendors who annoy me with their relentless emails. I simply use Outlooks Junk Mail feature and they now are never even seen by me. Woo hoo!

cityboy3
cityboy3

Well I personally think outlook does what it says it does, I tried them all and I find myself going back to Outlook..........Just Saying!

austinbrock
austinbrock

Some of these are subpar, at best, "alternative" suggestions. If they don't support IMAP and/or Exchange, then obviously they shouldn't even be mentioned in the same sentence as Microsoft Outlook. Maybe the article should be titled, "Five More Alternatives to Microsoft Mail", instead?

rcosby
rcosby

You should at least try these out before recommending them as an Outlook replacement. You specifically call out that Evolution is the only one with Exchange but I defy you to set that up. You will install a number of plugins and then find that the Exchange support is for 2003 versions of Exchange server. That's not much of a replacement.

jfisher
jfisher

I would place Mozilla's Thunderbird client at the top of the list for replacing Outlook.

mdppat64
mdppat64

Why are there no windows based outlook alternatives that support exchange

dugbug11
dugbug11

can someone suggest five alternatives to Techrepublic?? i need some better articles to flash in on my screen

PCcritic
PCcritic

should click on the line, at the top of the article, that says: "This screenshot gallery is also available as a post in the TechRepublic Five Apps Blog".

Regulus
Regulus

Information Week only had one important New Year's Resolution this year. '"No Slide Show Articles with out a prominent 'View-as-one-page' link." If you have readers/clients that really like Slide Shows, fine, give them an alternative to a genuine journalistic article that is on ONE page. Please see all of the other comments to this article. In the recent past, you have been better giving us a blog version of your Slide Shows on one page. On this article you failed to do so. All other readers who agree: Blast also, EWeek, Information Week, ZDNet & PCWorld everytime that they are guilty of this really gross practice of client/reader abuse.

chrisoscar9
chrisoscar9

You must be the most arrogant pack of B's on the net. Do you not read the comments posted. Most people HATE this format. If you lose readership, don't be surprised!!

lribeiro
lribeiro

This format is time consuming and quite irritating.

ravasa
ravasa

Thunderbird (from Mozilla) with Lightning add-on is the best alternative in my opinion and it does not find a place in this list.

sjs
sjs

agree w/ other posters, neat that you have mastered CSS but give me data in a clear and concise way that doesn't waste my time playing screen repaint gaimes...

VP-Assistant
VP-Assistant

If you don't like the screen shot format, then view the blog post version. It's all laid out nicely on one long page.

boblevy
boblevy

In the "old" days when bandwidth was a very critical issue, multiple pages made a little sense. Today, sites that do not present OPTION for single page view are ignored by me after the first page. I sense I am not alone in this dislike of multipage views. I use to think it was advertising but since one long page can have many ads, I no longer feel that is the real reason.

michael.mcleod
michael.mcleod

I find your current form of using slides and thumbnails annoying with all the needed clicking and page reorientation hassle. Why not just use an article format!

JH2011
JH2011

Would have liked to look at it but I dont have years to click on stuff - thanks

HAL 9000
HAL 9000 moderator

Because so far everyone who has posted to it has shown just how stupid that they actually are. Read the first page and click on the link provided. All it takes is some small modicum of comprehension and a lot less effort than the constant bitching that I'm reading here. I can only assume that you lot have a very strong view of [b]It's My Way or No Way[/b] no matter what you actually claim [i]If you have readers/clients that really like Slide Shows, fine, give them an alternative to a genuine journalistic article that is on ONE page.[/i] If you click on the link in [b]BLUE[/b] at the end of Paragraph 1 that reads [b]This screenshot gallery is also available as a post in the TechRepublic Five Apps Blog.[/b] You get a 1 page Blog without the need to click on anything. If that is TOO Difficult for you then you could go to the Discussion Page and look at the Highlighted Discussions where both Blogs are Highlighted. Talk about needing to grab people by their sensitive Organs and drag them kicking and screaming to what they claim to want to be. :-& Col

tsandilands
tsandilands

Where do I find that? I'm not reading it in this format either..

HAL 9000
HAL 9000 moderator

Comprehension of what you try to read -45 A link to what you claim to want is at the end of the first paragraph. ;) Col

HAL 9000
HAL 9000 moderator

But they do if you could comprehend what was written o the page. Look specifically at the Blue Type at the end of Paragraph 1. It is a Hyper Link to what you claim to want. Col

lunchbeast
lunchbeast

There have been so many complaints about this $hitware feature across TechRepublic and all have gone unheeded. They're more interested in forcing you to click across more pages with more advertisements than they are about making the site easy to use. I seldom ever read an entire article anymore - just too annoying. lunchbeast

HAL 9000
HAL 9000 moderator

If you look at the Blog you will see blue type at the end of the first paragraph. It is a link to what you claim to want and reads [b]This screenshot gallery is also available as a post in the TechRepublic Five Apps Blog.[/b] It's not really that difficult for people to comprehend surely. Col

cavehomme1
cavehomme1

Needs some redesign to make it more obvious.

revelated
revelated

As is the link you reference. It says "Available as a blog". Why not say "show all clients as a single page" or something that makes it clear that it contains everything in a single page format? The other thing is that you have the email notifications going - which more often than not are read by mobile clients. It would be nice that you default to the full page rather than the slideshow and then let the user choose if they want the slimmed down slideshow view. I actually wouldn't mind the slideshow view except that the images take forever to load. If you were using DHTML or JQuery or something else to do preloading in the background so that the page didn't have to go to different links it wouldn't be so bad.

PurpleSkys
PurpleSkys moderator

if you ask me...it kinda right there "This screenshot gallery is also available as a post in the TechRepublic Five Apps Blog." in blue type is hard to miss.

HAL 9000
HAL 9000 moderator

I would imagine that you would have realized that to begin with. ;) As for the E Mail Notifications if you have chosen to receive the ones for the separate Pages instead of the 1 page that tends to be your fault to begin with. Though if you are mainly complaining that the images take a long time to load then what difference does it make if they are on 1 page or 5? They still take forever to load and personally if I was using Mobile Devices which I'm not I would imagine that a single page would take considerably longer to load than several. After all the images are still the same and if there is 5 on the one page that page is going to take 5 times as long to load isn't it? If you read further down this page at the post of [b]janitorman[/b] titled [i]Go to your[/i] there is an explanation of how the wrong Notification and which is the right one to chose. ;) Col