The ultimate combination to suit your daily email needs. All these for the total price of nil –nada –nothing! Now, what more could you ask for?
Creating a gmail account is free. It offers pop and imap access (of course, imap will always be better than pop) to enable you to access your email and send messages using a desktop email client like Thunderbird (ditch Microsoft Outlook), as well as 6.5GB of message storage space (so far).
Mozilla Thunderbird is likewise free, created by the same creator of another internet tool and browser, Mozilla Firefox. Setting up Thunderbird to fetch and send gmail messages is easy. Just refer to this tutorial and you’re ready to go.
Mozilla Thunderbird community offers free addons like themes to style the looks of your desktop client window and extensions to better enrich your entire email experience. A sample theme is the one I’m using, a theme called “Aquabird Redone” to blend with my mac-like desktop theme.
There are lots of Thunderbird extensions that may prove useful to other persons, but for me these two are indispensable:
- Enigmail – for ASYMMETRICAL encryption (remember the public and the private keys?) of email messages including attachments.
- Auto Zip Attachments – the name says it all. I believe “auto-zip” is automatically done in Lotus Notes, but in Microsoft Outlook…naahhhh! (ditch MS Outlook!)
You can look for more Thunderbird extensions and themes from here.
Now, that’s what I call, “Freedom!”