Microsoft Entourage Engineer Recommends Mozilla Thunderbird for IMAP
Thursday February 19th, 2004
Ludvig A. Norin writes: "Omar Shahine is one of Microsoft's mail guys. In this blog entry, he discuss IMAP support in Entourage (which he and Mike Fullerton and Steve Friesen designed), Outlook and other clients. He rates Thunderbird 'B+', saying, 'Thunderbird is an almost perfect IMAP client for Windows. If you use IMAP, this is the product for you.' I've been using the Mozilla-based mail implementations with IMAP, since... well, forever, and couldn't agree more in what he says." The post contains a few mistakes, such as stating that Thunderbird supports the IDLE command when it does not (bug 141369).
Friday February 20th, 2004 12:22 AM
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Thunderbird also has problems with folders deleted by other clients and folders with lots of messages (it couldn't open a folder with 243,000 messages, but Outlook XP could). But generally I find it fast and very usable, although not as good as Outlook 2003 when it comes to caching.