A bit about your mail clients

August 28th, 2007 by

As you may have noticed we’ve been running a survey lately trying to find out what mail clients you are all using. I was actually quite surprised to see the resuts:


Would you have guessed that less than 50% of you were actually using a Microsoft application for fetching your email? I would have thought that at least 60-70% of you were using outlook.
11% of you were using the mail app from Apple, which is quite a lot, and a whopping 11% of you were using Thunderbird.

I’ve been trying to find public info on the usage of email clients world wide, and haven’t really been able to find anything recent.

At Monash Universitet they have the following split, and here is an overview from back in 2002:

As I mentioned to you earlier we were looking into providing hosted Microsoft Exchange. We are still looking into that, and it might actually be available sometime soon.

From a clients perspective Hosted Exchange is pretty cool as you get a fully working license of the latest Outlook included – but as the majority of you are using another mail client I would be interested to hear a from you…Why do you use other mail clients? Is it price? Security issues? Post your comments below ๐Ÿ™‚



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David Precious
# 28th August, 2007

I prefer KMail (part of the KDE desktop environment) as it’s a lovely mail client to use with excellent features… but unfortunately its IMAP support is still very flaky ๐Ÿ™

Thunderbird has solid IMAP support, but I do miss some features from KMail – especially mail filtering… there’s no option to use regular expressions in filters for example, which is pretty poor.

As for my criteria for a mail client, I guess it’s security, ease of use + features, then price. I want to be able to disable displaying HTML mails and display the plain text version only (unless I specifically ask to view that particular mail in HTML – and KMail handles that very well).

# 28th August, 2007

Perhaps I should add that I actually use Entourage myself – which is outlook for Mac. I’d like to use the mail app, as its more “mac-like”, but using it with our internal exchange server has proven a bit hard.


# 28th August, 2007

Mail.app works fine for me with Exchange, either in IMAP mode or in Exchange mode.

# 28th August, 2007

I have found Mail.app to be a bit messy in Exhange mode when having to deal with large mailboxes, also the exchange calender sync is not ideal ๐Ÿ™‚

Stuart Johnston
# 29th August, 2007

Hmmm the results are interesting. I must admit, I am an Office Outlook user, but all my colleagues here are all trying to convert me to their preference of Thunderbird! ๐Ÿ™‚

Keep in mind though that your typical audience may be more ‘educated’ as to email client alternatives than your average PC user, so your poll results may be impacted by this.

# 29th August, 2007

I’ve been using Thunderbird for several years now, it gives me most of what I need. I’ve found it a bit flaky here and there in previous versions and, as someone else mentioned, filtering could be beefed up a bit, but I always found it dead easy to use. The various guises of Outlook (all of which I’ve used) just never seemed to fit in my head, so I was pleased when Thunderbird came out.

# 3rd September, 2007

Agree’d with Stuart, where this to survey every UK2 customer, I expect OE *shudder* would have a higher percentage of use, given it’s the default on Windows and autoconfigured by most ISP’s.

I personally use Outlook 2007, in Exchange mode at work and IMAP mode at Home to my Dovecot IMAP server/UK2’s mailservers.

# 4th September, 2007

I am most definitely a thunderbird devotee. Powerful and simple, handles multiple accounts brilliantly and doesn’t crash anything,..Enough said. Added to all that you have so many extensions available – and I wouldn’t be suprised to find one for more advanced filtering Dave… ;0)

Rob Dyke
# 13th September, 2007

What about mutt? pine? or is everyone here a GUI junkie ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’m also using my Nokia N73’s built in reader polling my Zimbra server which we have chosen for rich webmail, calendaring and collaboration intra-organisation. Zimbra beats the pants of exchange server side and integrates well with the Outlook client (ANY client) on peoples desktops.

# 20th September, 2007

I use mutt on my linux box and on the gameservers but it is rarely.

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