I’ve used a number of email programs in my life … but none of them did everything I really wanted.
Here’s a rundown of the features I’d like a new mail client to have … and the products that currently support them.
|Message filtering||Eudora||File & modify messages as they are received based on any & all message attributes.|
|Display filtering||Let me choose what messages should be displayed based on any & all message attributes.|
|Powerful thread / conversation managment||GMail||Group all messages on a single topic together, including messages I sent, so I can keep track of conversations. One of my big gripes is having to search through my Sent messages folder looking for my own replies. GMail does this quite well.|
|Open Source||Thunderbird||’nuff said|
|Contact & Calendar managment||Outlook||Much as I hate to like a Microsoft product, they really have a well integrated package in Outlook.|
|Newsgroups||Thunderbird & Outlook Express|
|Centralized configuration storage||Outlook||I use email both at work and home … and it’s a pain to have to reconfigure the mail client any time a change one or the other. If the configuration information (filtering, etc) could be stored on a server, that pain would be eliminated.|
|Web access to server||Outlook||Sometimes I use webmail to read messages … sure would be nice if I all the above features were also available in a web interface in addition to a GUI.|
So if anyone finds a program that does all those things, let me know.