Is Thunderbird still a competition for Outlook?

In this article we explore whether Thunderbird can stack up against Ms Outlook

Is Thunderbird still a competition

When it comes to desktop based email clients, several choices are available to a computer user. Now a large section of such users prefer using Microsoft Outlook, perhaps because it comes included in the Ms Office package and they get the habit of using it at the first place. However, other email clients like Mozilla Thunderbird have time and again given severe competition to MS Outlook but does it still has that charm or not, we are still to think over it. Read on to learn whether Thunderbird still a competition to Outlook?

To objectively answer the query, let us examine their main features one by one. Mozilla Thunderbird has been designed by Mozilla as a professional solution to send emails for small businesses. Offering a brilliant email security, Thunderbird gets an edge over MS Outlook mainly because it is available free to download and also gives the user automatic updates without any additional cost. While, Outlook is a well known product of Microsoft, though costly, it comes packed with additional features that are somehow missing in Thunderbird like Task Lists and Synced Calendars. Mainly, it is suitable for use by large businesses and I.T professionals who are looking at an open source solution.

Talking about the various Message Features, there is no doubt that both Thunderbird and MS Outlook are on equal level with both of them offering Message Labeling, Signatures, Spell Check, Bottom Post Reply and Scheduled Messages. Moreover, both cater various Support Features like FAQ, Blog, Email, Help Desk, Knowledge Base, 24/7, Forums and Instructional Videos. However with 2013 iteration and above; Outlook scores high on usability and intuitive user interface.

Now, if you are wondering, then how come Outlook better than Thunderbird? Then, here are the main pointers to look at to see the difference yourself. First of all, Thunderbird works well on Operating Systems like Linux and Mac with little support on Windows, which is the most widely used OS by a majority of users. However, Outlook is meant to be used on Windows without any fail. Secondly, Thunderbird supports only 53 languages, while Outlook gives full support to as many as 96 different languages around the world. Thunderbird provides partial Encrypt Email Support while, Outlook provides full password protected support for Encrypting Email.

This is not all; Thunderbird doesn’t supports MAPI or MS Exchange Server Protocol but Outlook, a product of Microsoft itself fully supports it. Thunderbird doesn’t provide support for ActiveSync and Integrated Development Environment, while both these are very well supported in MS Outlook. Moreover, Mozilla Thunderbird is bit risky in terms of separation of data files and application files, which is not the case in MS Outlook.

To sum it up, it can be easily stated that when compared to the amazing features of MS Outlook 2013 and 2016 versions, Mozilla Thunderbird lags way behind. Earlier people were in favor of Thunderbird due to many reasons but now with the improvisations in the latest versions of Outlook, there indeed is no competition left between the two.

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Author Introduction:

Alan Chen is President & Chairman of DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including sql recovery and outlook repair software products. For more information visit

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