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7 best alternatives to Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft Outlook is the most popular mail client for home and business users. However, it has a huge cost ($ 110). There are many viable alternatives that are completely free, so we've put together a list of 7 of the best email apps that could replace Microsoft Outlook.

The best Outlook alternatives

1. Mailbird

Mailbird a new email app on the scene compared to the other apps on this list. However, it does contain some really good features that you should definitely pay attention to. Most importantly, integration with several popular productivity apps like Google Calendar, Evernote, Google Docs and more. There is also a place for Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, which allows you to send messages to contacts or send them via email from a single app. These features and a good clean design (inspired by Sparrow for Mac) is what sets MailBird apart from the others on this list.

Professionals

  • Well designed and customizable
  • It integrates seamlessly with different productivity apps
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Supports POP3 / IMAP and several email clients

versus

  • Not completely free for all features (Pro version costs $ 45)

2. Web Mail

How about an old Web Mail? You don't have to install anything, simply enter the address of your email client (Gmail.com, Yahoomail.com, Outlook.com, etc.) in your browser and log in to access your inbox. Most, if not all, email providers have some sort of webmail that they can use. my favorite way of checking email when I'm on the desktop as I don't like installing dedicated apps for everything. Some things are only better done through the browser. However, this is not without its drawbacks, as you will see below.

Professionals

  • You can access your email from any computer from all modern browsers
  • Really fast and easy to use. There is no need to install anything
  • Most customers offer free webmail access

Versus

  • You may need to log in frequently
  • Inbox cannot be accessed when offline
  • Features are generally low compared to dedicated email apps
  • Features are not as reliable as desktop software

3. Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10 mail

The Windows Mail app has received a new look as part of the Windows 10 version and, although it is not the most complete email client, it is still a viable alternative to Outlook if you have simple needs. a Metro app, therefore optimized for tablets and touch screens and supports iCloud, Office365, Exchange, POP / IMAP and more. completely free to use and comes bundled with Windows 10, so it might be a good reason to upgrade otherwise.

Professionals

  • Completely free
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Nice user interface

Versus

  • Bug-ridden
  • Email notification alerts are not reliable

4. Mozilla Thunderbird

Mozilla Thunderbird one of the most stable alternatives to Outlook; it provides many extensions and has a good security system which makes it ideal for business users or those interested in the privacy of their data. It is an advanced e-mail application, so there are many features some of which Outlook also doesn't support. The various add-ons and themes available make Thunderbird one of the most customizable email clients available and it should be able to meet your needs without problems.

Professionals

  • Completely free
  • Highly customizable
  • Integrated security and privacy system
  • A lot of advanced features
  • Allows import from different email clients

Versus

  • Not very nice by default
  • It can be a challenge to configure

5. eM client

eM Client an app very appreciated by many and has most of the essential features of a good e-mail application. very well designed and has a nice modern look by default. You can customize it by rearranging the window panes or downloading different themes if you are not satisfied with the default appearance. It also supports all major email clients (like Gmail, Outlook, etc.), It also has an integrated calendar and a contact manager which makes it a highly qualified replacement for Microsoft Outlook.

Professionals

  • The free version contains all the important features
  • Highly customizable
  • Supports a good range of email services

Versus

  • Pro version (29, 95) required for commercial use
  • Technical support included only in the pro version

6. Ink

Inky is another new email app that features a clean, modern design as well as numerous useful features. available for Windows, Mac OS X and iOS, but not for Android. It allows you to access your personal and work emails on a single screen that simplifies email management and there are many filters available to organize your inbox. POP and IMAP accounts are well supported and there is an automatic installation feature for popular email services, ideal for beginners. All in all, Inky is a good quality email app which is potentially one of the most profitable alternatives.

Professionals

  • Easy to set up and use
  • Mobile app available for iOS
  • Supports POP and IMAP

Versus

  • No Exchange support
  • Lack of advanced features for business use

7. Apple Mail

The default email client on Mac OS X also a valid option with regards to Microsoft Outlook alternatives. It has a simple and easy to navigate and use interface. Apple's email works well with all popular email services like iCloud, Gmail, Microsoft Exchange, AOL, Yahoo and others and makes managing multiple email accounts quick and easy. There is also a calendar and contact feature so you can manage your schedule and keep your contacts updated directly from this app.

Professionals

  • Free and easy to set up and use
  • Supports quick swipe gestures
  • Supports all popular email clients

Versus

  • It lacks advanced features

As you can see, all the outlook alternatives listed above have their pros and cons and offer different characteristics. For the average user, the Web Mail interface or simple email apps like Inky and Windows Mail can be all you need. Experienced users will prefer the flexibility and extensibility of Mozilla Thunderbird, eM Client and Mailbird.

Since they are all free, you can download and test each one to see which one suits your needs. Don't forget to tell us what you think in the comments section below.