Lockergnome Writer Switches to Mozilla Thunderbird

Tuesday March 2nd, 2004

Patrick writes: "Matt Hartley (of Lockergnome) posted an almost glowing review of Thunderbird, and explained why he's thrown off Outlook XP and switched to it as his primary e-mail program (still using Outlook for calendar, as the Calendar extention in TBird doesn't sync with his PDA)."

#4 Two things Mozilla needs to surpass Outlook...

by bmacfarland

Wednesday March 3rd, 2004 4:29 AM

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I am able to ditch Outlook to a large degree (and do on my home, but not at the office), but for a couple of simple things. One was mentioned - the ability to sync with some common devices. Palm and PocketPC together have a lot of people's calendars and address books in it. It would be excellent to be able to sync these all together. I'll even go one step further and add Hotmail and Yahoo accounts to the mix. If you can somehow provide a method for syncing with those online, you've really got something clout with a lot of users. And for those of you that say that Palm does sync the address book, you are probably correct -- I haven't tried it since it wiped my Palm clean and took over the Palm Desktop a little while ago. It probably has evolved some in past year though, so I really should give this another go.

Secondly, the e-mail client should be able to be tied to the address book and calendar programs. It doesn't have to be by default, but if I have them all installed they should know how to talk to eachother. I'm usually not in favor in suites of software, but this is one case when 1+1+1 = 4. It's very handy to e-mail meetings and have them go into the calendar. It's something I can't really do without because my collegues would wonder why I've stopped showing up at meetings.

Lastly, (oops did I say 2 things? ;) ), I would love a way to export my Thunderbird e-mail. I tried to move my mail from one machine's Thunderbird to another machine's and I ended up giving up after an hour. I think it should have been a simple thing, and it probably was, but I couldn't just copy the mail folders as whatever documentation I could find would state.

I think all these things are coming in time, and I can't wait until they do. It would finally give people a choice about the software (and in a many cases) the operating system they want to run.