Comparative Mail Client Review Includes Mozilla 1.6 and Mozilla Thunderbird 0.5
Friday March 5th, 2004
Fuzzy sent us a link to a comparative review of several mail clients, including Mozilla 1.6 and Mozilla Thunderbird 0.5. The review focuses on applications for Unix platforms, with Microsoft Outlook 2002 included as a reference point. Mozilla and Thunderbird win praise for their excellent IMAP support, though the total lack of a virtual/search folders feature is noted. The way that users are forced to have separate folder hierarchies for each account is also listed as a drawback.
#1 folder hierarchies are a problem
Saturday March 6th, 2004 5:27 AM
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"The way that users are forced to have separate folder hierarchies for each account is also listed as a drawback"
IMHO that is indeed a drawback and it is related to the lack of virtual folders. The way identities are coupled to accounts and the way accounts are presented to the users is based on wrong assumptions (namely that this is what most people want). In most cases it is just annoying to have to deal with multiple inboxes, spamfolders, etc. A simple mail rule can sort the mail into various folders based the account it came from so why hardwire this into the client?
Essentially the way it is solved in mozilla/thunderbird works around the lack of virtual folders. The problem could be solved by creating virtual folders (e.g. have an inbox with all mail, an inbox with all mail send to account X, etc.). Virtual folders done right is at the top of my list for most wanted features in thunderbird (which already is my mail client). I realize it is too far fetched for thunderbird 1.0 but it should be the first thing to do after that.