Thunderbird Not As Successful As Firefox

That is what a report released by the Radacti Group is saying. Even though Thunderbird ranks high on security and other features, this report says that it will not be as popular as Firefox. One reason that it will never have as much success as Firefox is that most people don’t think about security issues in their e-mail applications. That could be because security holes in e-mail apps do not get as much coverage in the press as those in browsers.

The main flaw I see in this report is that Radacti is comparing Thunderbird to Outlook, when in fact I don’t think Outlook is even a target of Thunderbird. Outlook as such a full blown feature-set (Calendar, Contacts, Journal, Tasks, etc.) as well as superb integration with Exchange that Thunderbird has no hopes of taking market share from it anytime in the near future.

Thunderbird’s competitors, as I see it, are the standalone e-mail apps like Outlook Express, Eudora, and Apple Mail.

I began using Thunderbird on my old Dell laptop at version 0.6, and have enjoyed using it since. When I got my Powerbook, I never thought twice about installing Thunderbird instead of using Apple’s Mail.app.

The one area I can see that Thunderbird needs improvement is in the Address Book. Although I can easily search for the item I am looking for, it could be organized better.

Have you switched to Thunderbird from another application? What has your experience been?

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