The irony of this is not lost on me, as I introduced a large number of my friends and colleagues to the Joy of using Firefox (then Firebird).
In the many comments that were in the Spam Thread were suggestions that I use SpamBayes with Outlook and/or Thunderbird.
(It's worth noting that that original screenshot was on my little TabletPC, and that I DO in fact run Outlook 2003 in my real life.)
However, as IT Manager for my Family, I have to maintain the boxes of various cousins, great-uncles, wife, brother, etc. So, God help me, they've been running Outlook Express.
Why is the Fam so behind? Well, I can't give them all my MSDN Office Licenses, that wouldn't be "Right." But, largely I have been moving them to free software so I can sleep at night (and they can eat ;) ). Dad and Mom run http://www.OpenOffice.org and FireFox today.
I've been avoiding Thunderbird just because I'm REALLY not a fan of the whole "Mozilla" Suite. Mind you, it's the SUITE, not the Apps. But back in the day I tried the Mozilla Mail, and it just smacked too much of Netscape early on and I guess I got turned off.
But, I installed Thunderbird and I feel so strongly about it that I must reuse a metaphor - forgive me.
Comparing Thunderbird to Outlook Express is the difference between shooting a bullet...and throwing one.
I'm VERY impressed. As I looked around for features within the menus, I found everything I was looking for. Here's what I was most impressed with:
A Junk Email Filter that LEARNS.
VERY Advanved Rules/Filtering Engine
The ability to run in "Vertical" Preview Mode
Create Rule/Filter from Example Email
VERY Flexible Font Sizing choices, including a "Minimum Font Size" option (Very nice for Accessibility. Even with Bionic Eyes, I still like a big font.)
Skinnable with Themes
Totally different way of thinking about addressing (a grid, rather than To:, CC:, BCC: boxes)
Popup "Toast" New-Email indicator
I suggest that if you have any relatives running Outlook Express, that you move them to Thunderbird tomorrow. Thanks Readers, for forcing me to take a second look at this piece of software!