NewsForge's Robin Miller on Converting Outlook Users to Mozilla

Monday June 23rd, 2003

marcoos writes: "'Friends don't let friends use Outlook Express,' writes Robin Miller on NewsForge. So, what's the solution? Yes, Mozilla Mail&News."

#6 bad arguments

by jilles

Tuesday June 24th, 2003 1:36 AM

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This presents all the wrong arguments. If you properly configure outlook, you won't be affected by viruses, worms etc. Most problems arise from people using older, improperly configured outlook express versions. Viruses were not the reason I migrated to thunderbird a few weeks back.

Reasons were: - I wanted to try something different - Outlook performs poorly on large amounts of mail - Thunderbird looks cool and has the potential to become even cooler shortly (yay extensions) - The builtin junk mail filtering of thunderbird compares favorably to the many free and non free alternatives for outlook.

However, what I've noticed is that - The thunderbird UI already addresses quite a few issues with mozilla mail (I never liked it) - The thunderbird UI still needs a lot of work - Many usability issues remain to be addressed in the UI.

Putting it all together, I would recommend newby users not to bother with mozilla mail (since it will soon be abandoned by its developers) or thunderbird (not even alpha quality) yet. The advantages are not very compelling and you'll need a virusscanner regardless of whether your mail client opens viruses automatically or not.

Wait for thunderbird to mature and then migrate.