Microsoft Outlook is one of the most popular and widely used personal information manager (PIM) for both home and business purposes. However, it comes with a price. Many small companies or Freelancers are unable to afford it. Though there is nothing to get worried. There are plenty of alternatives to Outlook which have quite a similar feel to it. Here’s a list of the 5 best Outlook alternatives.
1. Opera Mail:
A few years back, Opera Mail was available only as part of the browser but now it can be downloaded separately as a program. The structure is quite simple with all the important basic functions through an intuitive user interface. It supports POP, Newsgroups, NNTP, SMTP, RSS, and Atom Feeds. Thanks to its smart labeling feature which lightens the work of organising the emails. You can also have the access to multiple POP and IMAP accounts as per the requirement of your business. It is a cross-platform email client which runs on Windows, Linux, BSD and Mac OS. There is a “quick reply” option which allows one to compose and send a reply in a single window along with rich HTML text formatting. Other than this Opera Mail also offers threaded views, spam protection, and fast user interface.
One of the most commonly used alternative for Outlook for commercial as well as private use. Thunderbird provides plenty of extensions and a good security system making it ideal for business users or those who are concerned with the privacy of their data. Being an advanced email, it has a lot of features which even Outlook does not support. There are various themes and add-ons available for the user to customise it according to their needs. It is free of charge and has modules that allow one to manage meetings and tasks.
It is a new email app for Windows 7, 8 and 10 with a simple design which works quite fast. Mailbird has won the award for the Best Windows E-mail Software Program for three years in a row. It is loaded with some really good features which give it a distinct identity and popularity. One of them being, the integrations with several various productivity apps such as Evernote, Google Docs, Google Calendar and so much more. It allows the users to connect through Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp as well. This isn’t totally free as some extra features require the user to pay. Last but not the least, one gets to create identities, configure different accounts and have individual folders or subfolders to store messages.
Its clean and modern design and the diverse features make it really popular. Inky is available for Mac, Windows, Android, Mac OS X and iOS. It allows access to your work and personal emails on a single screen simplifying the email management procedure. You also have the option to choose from the different types of filters available to organise your inbox. It supports POP and IMAP accounts along with an automatic setup feature for the popular email services. Another favourite feature among the users is the fact that you can unsubscribe from messages. It sorts out the messages based on its relevance and organises it into separate folders. Last but not the least, it offers end-to-end encryption and digitally signed emails since 2016.
It is a PC-based software offering features as good as Outlook. Zimbra offers email, documents, calendar and contacts all in a single application. A unique feature which sets it apart from the crowd is its integration with social media i.e. Facebook and Twitter. Other important tools included are briefcases, calendar, contacts and tasks. Its unique features give it an edge rather than just being an Outlook clone. This is a cross-platform too and works on all major operating systems like Windows, Linux, Mac OS, Unix, and BSD.
Overall, it is quite versatile and supports most of the commonly used email protocols like IMAP, SMTP, POP3 etc. Users might take some time to get used to but once you are acquainted, you will love it!!
These were few alternatives that can be used instead of Outlook. There are a lot more that one can explore. Just look for the one that is perfect for your business.
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