Desktop email clients win over webmail?

Well, that’s what WIRED editor Scott Gilbertson seems to think. In an interview with Scott MacGregor, Thunderbird’s lead engineer, Scott explains why he thinks that Thunderbird has the edge:

“People still get too much e-mail to easily sort, so we’ve focused on ways to better manage your inbox. The new mail alerts feature makes it easy to see new mail without having to stop what you’re doing and change applications. (Editor’s note: This feature is only available in Windows and Linux versions of Thunderbird.)

We’ve built a number of security features into Thunderbird, like phishing protection. When you view a message, Thunderbird analyzes all the URLs in it to see if they might be trying to trick the user. Thunderbird displays a warning at the top of the message when it thinks something malicious is going on. If the user clicks the links anyway, Thunderbird then pops up a warning dialog. If you’re using Firefox as your browser, you really have two lines of defense since Firefox also has built in phishing protection.

We’ve also added full support for Windows Vista.
We get most of our feature suggestions from user feedback. The popularity of tagging on popular websites like Flickr led people to overwhelmingly want to apply that to e-mail. So tagging support is one of the key new features.”

I couldn’t disagree more.

I have been using GMail exclusively for about two years now, and I can’t say I miss Thunderbird. The stuff mentioned in the article – searching, phishing protection, antivirus, tagging have been in there all the time. Oh, and Vista compatibilty, too ;)

Don’t get me wrong – I think Thunderbird is a fantastic piece of software, and I know lots of people that use it all day long. But to say it’s better than GMail? Certainly not for me.

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