The Mac doesn’t add enough benefit to justify the expense.Of course I also have a Mac Book, but when I’m at home my main rig is Linux.
You have to manually configure everything, including telling which IMAP folder is trash, which is inbox, etc.
The emails in the junk folder are left as unread and you have to set up a filter/rule if you don’t want to be notified of new spam.
This is not my usual post, but I wanted to share the result of my research (and frustration) regarding email desktop clients for Windows.
I found a depressing lack of innovation and one software even transmitted personal data over unencrypted connection.
I see it as a porting to the desktop of the gmail web interface, which is actually a good thing.
That being said, with all the security concerns raised this year, Mail Bird phones home and shares your data over unencrypted connections.
Honestly a company so desperate about my data is not worth my trust. Google acquired the little Mac and i Phone app few years ago and basically killed the project.
Email changed and Mail Bird (and Sparrow before it) tries to change the client with it.
What it completely lacks is any kind of spam filter. It can be a good or a bad point to you, but email evolved and I find this lack of innovation quite annoying.
I know that it should be installed on the server level or maybe the anti-virus already has it, but an email client without spam filter seems hard to believe. has a plug-in system that lets you connect to external spam filters and I believe Antispam Sniper is the suggested one, but that brings the cost of the whole lot to €40/ for the client €17/ for the anti-spam. That being said Ritlabs’ software is probably the best client I tried so far. is definitely for you but it’s a far from perfect email reader. Windows Live Mail –formerly Outlook Express– is not part of your standard Windows installation any more but it comes with the Windows Essentials tools.
For a recent work I had to build myself a dedicated Windows machine.