I have a chance to try out a new desktop email client, Mailbird. For those using Macs, it has a look and feel of Sparrow. But Mailbird is Windows only, at least for now. I’ve been using it for less than a week and love it so far.
It has a sleek, clean, and uncluttered look. On the left side, you’ll find a sidebar for navigation. It doesn’t seem that you can customize the sidebar. If it is, I haven’t found the way yet. On the second panel is the overview list of your emails. Then the main window which shows the message when you click one of the email on the list view.
One notable feature is the apps section. You can enable apps such as Dropbox, Google Drive and Facebook, and access it directly from Mailbird. There’s also support for tech website such as Techcrunch and Lifehacker, which let you browse those sites from within Mailbird. All apps are disabled by default, by the way. And there is only a few available right now. However, the developer promises more apps are on the way. If you have a favorite app you’d like to add to Mailbird, you can submit it to their support page.
Now the downsides. It only supports Gmail, so if you have Hotmail or Yahoo account, you’re out of luck. There is no support for POP, IMAP, or multiple account yet, either. The workaround is to set up multiple identities, which they explain it here. They are also promising to add those features in future updates.
When I first installed it, I noticed a performance issue on my desktop machine, especially when I tried to load one of the apps. No such issues on my laptop, though. Subsequent updates improved it, and I don’t have any problems right now. The support team is very responsive and friendly. They answered my questions literally within minutes after I sent them.
Mailbird is free with ads and forced signature link which says “Sent from Mailbird.” Pro version is $12 a year, $9 a year if you pre-order now. They do not say when the promotion ends. There is also a one-time payment option in the works, they say, although there is no detail yet.
There are other desktop email clients, such as Windows Live Mail and Thunderbird, which are free. There are also Postbox ($10 one time fee) and Microsoft Outlook, which is part of MS Office. So which one is the best? My suggestion is to download Mailbird and give it a try. Then you can decide if it worth to spend money on. For me personally, I like it enough to purchase it.
You can sign up and download Mailbird here.