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May 8, 2014updated 22 Sep 2016 11:24am

6 fabulous and free replacements for Microsoft Outlook

Priceless email clients available here.

By Jimmy Nicholls

As we’ve said before, proprietary software is pricey. Following our list of free and cheap office suites, we now turn to email clients that don’t cost a penny.

1) Mozilla Thunderbird

Mozilla Thunderbird

Credit: Mozilla

Platforms: Windows, OS X and Linux

  • Tabbed windows
  • Integration with messaging clients
  • Junk mail filter
  • Address book
  • Supports privacy through Do Not Track
  • Protects against phishing
  • Add-on library

2) SeaMonkey


Credit: SeaMonkey

Platforms: Windows, OS X and Linux

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  • Integrated mail client, web browser and HTML editor
  • Tabbed windows
  • Sync across devices
  • Session restoration
  • Themes
  • Open-source
  • Junk mail filter
  • Multiple accounts

3) Citadel


Credit: Citadel

Platforms: Linux and Unix

  • Open-source
  • Group calendar
  • Instant messaging
  • Content management with wikis and blogs
  • Multiple domain support
  • RSS aggregation

4) Columba


Credit: Soren121

Platforms: Windows, OS X and Linux

  • Automated address collection and completion
  • Mailboxes imports
  • Calendars
  • Email filtering
  • Junk mail filter
  • Themes
  • Multiple languages

5) Evolution


Credit: AlexanderVanLoon

Platforms: Linux

  • Junk mail filter
  • Open-source
  • Email filtering
  • Encryption
  • RSS aggregation
  • Local and external address books
  • Device synchronisation
  • Integration with LibreOffice

6) Roundcube


Credit: Roundcube

Platforms: Windows, OS X or Linux

  • Address book with groups
  • Search function
  • Drag-and-drop mail management
  • More than 70 languages supported
  • Unlimited users and messages
  • Themes
  • Canned responses
  • Open-source

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