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OK, just admit that Outlook's lame--and fix it, already

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| The product debuted in 1997 and has improved very little since. Given the
| absence of real competition for most of the last decade, you shouldn't be
| surprised at the glacial pace of improvement. We saw the same thing in the
| browser market after Microsoft disposed of Netscape (though perhaps the
| nascent rivalry with Google's Gmail is a harbinger of change.)


Even a former Microsoft evangelist dumped Office last week (for Google Apps).
Thunderbird and other such applications gains steam like Firefox too.
Extensions make them ultra-versatile.

Even the inventor of E-mail moved away from Outlook to open source software.
Outlook gets worse over time, reportedly.


Connected: Microsoft Outlook 2007 is no prize, either

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| Outlook 2007 is one of the weaker applications in Office 2007. At times I get
| so frustrated with its slow response and idiosyncrasies that I'm tempted to
| uninstall it and go back to Outlook 2003. Readers also have frustrations. *


Connected: Microsoft Office 2003 better than Office 2007

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| A review of Office 2007 could be considered doomed from the start. Its
| predecessor, Office 2003, is one of the best products Microsoft ever created;
| so the bar is raised high. After a year of using the newer product, I still
| see some features that are better than the older version; but on the whole,
| I'd rather be using Office 2003.



Giving Microsoft The Bird

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| I used to be the biggest evangelist of Microsoft. All other software was
| inferior. *
| [...]
| I have been a huge Outlook user since the early days of Outlook Express.
| [...]
| The most immediate thing I’ve noticed is speed. It loads immediately, and
| responds immediately. And that is with all of my Outlook data in-tact! After
| I migrated my data I went to town with the extensions. I’ve listed them all
| below, as I found some really cool ones. My favorites are the Lightning/GCal
| add-on and the QuickFolders. * *


Alternatives To Microsoft Software.

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| It is now becoming more and more common for users to look beyond Microsoft
| for their day to day software. Lets have a look and see just what is out
| there to provide choice, as opposed to just using Microsoft for the sake of
| it. *


The future of Lightning... after the Thunderbird announcement

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| We'd like to state publicly that we will continue to work on our two products
| Lightning and Sunbird in the foreseeable future and that we still envision
| great things for Lightning and Thunderbird. We are currently hard at work for
| our next release 0.7 (coming this fall) and are starting the planning work
| for the following releases 0.9 and 1.0. * *


[Thunderbird] Comunity reports back!

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| This report was compiled from hundreds of comments, ideas and suggestions
| made to various web blogs, wikis and mailing lists, due to the recent Email
| call to action by Mitchell Baker. It aims to provide an overview of the
| information we found important, ordered by feasibility and relevance... *


Reviewing Features of Mozilla Thunderbird 2

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| In case it's not obvious, extensions are basically software utility
| add-ons of varying complexity, while themes are user interface styles
| that can somewhat dramatically change the look of the application.
| Mozilla installs a single extension in Thunderbird by default-for
| error reporting-and a single, default user interface theme. I
| find the default Thunderbird theme to be pleasing and in keeping
| with the standard Firefox look and feel.


First look: Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0

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| The one e-mail client that seems to still be on the rise is the
| open-source Mozilla Thunderbird, which recently hit Version 2.0.
| While it hasn't changed radically, the new release includes several
| new features, most notably for organizing and finding messages.
| In this review, we'll assess which additions are useful and
| which are fluff.


Mozilla Thunderbird 2 Review

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| Though it's likely that I'll move back to Outlook full-time at some
| point (I still use it for calendaring, actually), I have to admit
| that I had intended to use Thunderbird for about a month and then
| move on, but it's proven usable and efficient. Thunderbird is an
| excellent and high-quality email solution, and while I'm guessing
| that many of the people who read this site haven't really given it
| a shot, my advice is to do so, especially if you can't get your
| hands on Outlook 2007. Thunderbird is quite a bit better than
| Windows Mail or Outlook Express, and while many Web-based email
| services have improved with Ajax/Web 2.0-based interfaces, users
| who have to manage a lot of email will be better off with a true
| email application.


Thunderbird 2 Flies Ahead, Racing Web Mail

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| To a certain degree, Mozilla's Thunderbird could be a victim of
| the success of its browser sibling. As next-generation browsers
| like Firefox have become better at supporting highly interactive
| GUIs for browser-based applications, managing e-mail strictly
| through a Web interface has become much less of a chore, and,
| for some people, has even replaced desktop mail clients as thef
| irst choice for dealing with e-mail.

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