Best Free Email Client Alternative To Microsoft Outlook

Best Free Email Client Alternative To Microsoft Outlook

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Recently, I switched to Ubuntu Operating System. I was looking for best email client on Ubuntu similar to Microsoft Outlook in terms of functionality. Thunderbird and Evolution are good email client, but it does miss out on some key features like calendar.

After some googling, I came across Zimbra Desktop, which is truly the next-generation free application that makes email easy and the best part is that its available on all three OS namely Windows, Mac & Linux.

Zimbra Desktop combines the best aspects of existing email clients with modern webmail applications to make a totally new and improved experience. No where else you will find an application with full email, contact, calendar, document management and offline access feature for free.

Zimbra Desktop Best Free Email Client Alternative To Microsoft Outlook

Key features of Zimbra Desktop :-

  • Email, contacts, calendar and documents all in one application
  • Syncs Zimbra, Yahoo! mail & Gmail email, contacts and calendars
  • Read email from any POP or IMAP email including AOL, Hotmail or business email
  • “Drag and Drop” messages into new folders or the Trash
  • Supports plain text and html message formatting
  • Compose email even when you are not online-messages you send are saved in the “Outbox” and are sent when you connect again
  • Tag messages as important from people you care about
  • Quickly search your mailbox for pictures, documents or text-even with attachments
  • Manage multiple color-coded calendars
  • Invite others to meetings and view free/busy times
  • Edit Documents including add images, tables and spreadsheets; share them in email
  • Track your to do’s including start and end dates, percent complete
  • Works on Windows, Apple or Linux Desktop Computers
  • It works online & offline
  • Available in 20 languages

Feature Comparison with Competing Products

Zimbra Desktop Outlook Thunderbird
Cross Platform Windows, Mac OS, Linux Windows Only Windows, Mac OS, Linux and more
Cost Free Commercial License Free
Open Source 100% No 100%
Support Enterprise Collaboration Server Zimbra Collaboration Suite Microsoft Exchange Server No
Identical UI as Enterprise Collaboration Server Web UI Yes No No
Integrated Calendar Yes Yes Via Lightning extension, not production quality
Corporate Address Book Yes Yes No
Documents, Tasks and Briefcase Yes Tasks only No
Groupware Sharing and Delegation Yes Yes No
Gmail Mail Support Yes Yes Yes
Google Address Book Support Yes No No
Google Calendar Support Yes No No
Yahoo! Mail Support Yes No Via WebMail extension, not production quality
Yahoo! Address Book Support Yes No No
Yahoo! Calendar Support Yes No No
POP3 Support Yes Yes Yes
IMAP4 Support Yes Yes Yes
Cross-account Message View Yes No No
Cross-account Calendar View Yes No No
Cross-account Address Book Yes No No
Email Address Auto Complete Yes Yes Only previously mailed contacts
Drag and Drop from Desktop Yes No No
Support Tagging All Data Types Yes No No
Conversation View Across Folders Yes No No
Usable When Offline Yes Yes Yes
Seamless Online/Offline Transition Yes Yes No
Access All Data Offline Yes Does not download all data by default Does not download all data by default
Manage Multi-GB Mailboxes Yes Slow Slow
Search across Multi-GB Data Index based, fast Limited and slow Limited and slow
New Mail Notification Yes Limited Limited
Themes and Colors Yes No Yes
Auto Update Yes Yes Yes
Extensibility Zimlets Plugins Extensions

Zimbra Desktop is free for anyone download and use.
Grab it!!

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