For a recent work I had to build myself a dedicated Windows machine.

It was since 2008 that I didn’t use a Windows computer on a daily basis so I had to spend quite some time to find what’s new in the Windows software landscape.

This is not my usual post, but I wanted to share the result of my research (and frustration) regarding email desktop clients for Windows.

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I handle most of my emails through gmail’s web interface.

It’s a fantastic application and it spoiled me to the point that leaving it has become almost impossible.

I’m normally a Linux user, as a developer I believe that is the best platform.

I have good text editors/IDEs, native server tools (apache, node, php, etc) and a no-compromise terminal.

You have to download a unified setup program and selectively install Windows Live Mail from the advanced options, otherwise you end up with Photo Gallery, Movie Maker and God knows what other crap. It obviously connects very well to Microsoft services, but Gmail and Yahoo work as well (like any other IMAP/POP3 account).

It’s pretty light and snappy, with an average of 40mb of ram constantly used.

The security issue about Mailbird is so lowered to DEFCON 3, but still the fact that there’s no way to opt-out After all the noise Mailbird finally made clear what data they are collecting.

If it wasn’t for this post nobody would know what Mailbird was collecting and probably your data would still be sent over a clear connection. Mail Bird look and feel comes from the now defunct Sparrow.

And that we hadn’t really seen any requests for this.

I’m sorry but I can’t take seriously an email client that doesn’t value or prioritize the security of my email. The client supports PGP, S/MIME, Crypo API, SSLv3, TSL, ASLR, DEP and a bunch more of fancy security acronyms.

You have to manually configure everything, including telling which IMAP folder is trash, which is inbox, etc.