Mozilla vs Thunderbird?


D

Don Cohen

From a previous thread, I have a new Vista 64-bit Desktop, and an older XP
Home Laptop, and need to figure out a solution to maintain email and address
book in synch on both systems. Previously, my Desktop was XP Home, and I
used Outlook Express on both, doing a periodic copy of the .dbx and .wab
files to keep the Laptop updated. With the new Vista Desktop, that's no
longer an option.

One alternative is to switch to a new email client that is compatible with
both. Windows Live Mail has been suggested, but as I've researched this
topic, Mozilla Thunderbird also seems to deserve consideration.

I don't want to start a war here, as I imagine many people have strong
feelings, but is there any consensus on the relative strengths and
weaknesses of WLM vs Mozilla Thunderbird?
 
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D

Don Cohen

Screwed up the subject title. Sorry.

From a previous thread, I have a new Vista 64-bit Desktop, and an older XP
Home Laptop, and need to figure out a solution to maintain email and address
book in synch on both systems. Previously, my Desktop was XP Home, and I
used Outlook Express on both, doing a periodic copy of the .dbx and .wab
files to keep the Laptop updated. With the new Vista Desktop, that's no
longer an option.

One alternative is to switch to a new email client that is compatible with
both. Windows Live Mail has been suggested, but as I've researched this
topic, Mozilla Thunderbird also seems to deserve consideration.

I don't want to start a war here, as I imagine many people have strong
feelings, but is there any consensus on the relative strengths and
weaknesses of WLM vs Mozilla Thunderbird?
 
G

Gary VanderMolen

One point to consider, I don't think Thunderbird will automatically
import your existing messages from Windows Mail.
 
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D

Don Cohen

Gary VanderMolen said:
One point to consider, I don't think Thunderbird will automatically
import your existing messages from Windows Mail.


Thanks for the tip. In my current situation, that should be ok, though.
For the time being, I'm just independently getting email to both OE/Laptop
and WM/Desktop, leaving email on the server for 10 days before deleting, so
both are being kept up to date. Sent messages will be a bit more of a
challenge, but I can just send them to myself, and download into OE on my
Desktop should it come to that.

When I have time to recover from setting up the new system, I guess I'll
just have to install WLM and see what I think. In general, I prefer to
avoid install/uninstalls as much as possible, since there's always "leftover
junk" no matter how careful I am, or how complete the uninstall programs
are!

Regards,
 

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