these days almost everyone uses email in some way or another – you might access it via your phone or tablet, or if you use a PC you may be used to accessing email via web-mail, or you may have an email client installed on your computer.

How do you Access your Email?

Depending on your provider there are probably lots of ways that you COULD access your email, but you probably just use the way that was originally set up for you, and perhaps you don’t know any different.

The Most Popular Method: Web-mail

Webmail is probably the most common method of accessing email s- especially if you tend to do so from a PC or a laptop, rather than a phone.

All common email providers such as BT, Google and Yahoo have webmail versions available – they all differ and often are the proprietary systems of the providers – Google and Yahoo for example, have their own custom webmail platforms on which you can send and receive email, amongst other things.

the big advantage of webmail is that it means your emails are stored, yes you guessed it, in the cloud and as such they are accessible from anywhere that you have a browser and Internet access.

One of the downsides is that if you do not have an Internet connection, then you cannot access your email at all.

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Desktop Email Client

Another method of email access, and probably the second most popular is the use of a desktop client – this is a software application that runs on your computer and is configured to periodically check with your email provider, downloading any messages that are waiting for you, and of course sending any messages that you have composed.

The biggest advantages of using an email client over webmail are that you have full control over your email data – its stored on your PC, you aren’t (directly) paying for the storage space and therefor are less restricted, you have less security concerns and also having the email in a desktop client often makes it easier to manage and file emails – this is largely because webmail clients are built to be lightweight and therefore tend to not be as feature rich as their desktop equivalent.

The Top 5 Email Clients for Windows 7

  • Thunderbird, Mozilla – Very good mail client, rich in features.
  • Windows Live Mail – Very good client, made by Microsoft so very much compatible with Windows 7.
  • Opera Mail – Excellent mail client from the maker of Opera Internet Browser
  • Em Client – Good contender.
  • postbox express (Paid) – Paid Email client, very similar to Mail for Mac.

The Best Email Client for Windows 7

After reviewing the top 5 email clients available for use on windows 7 (And other Microsoft operating systems) we have picked Thunderbird by Mozilla as being the best client available after considering all things.

Thunderbird is lightweight and totally free of cost, but despite being lightweight and fast, it is rich in features:

  • Migration assistant to help you move from your previous mail program or webmail
  • Email account setup wizard so you don’t have to work too hard during setup
  • One click address book
  • Rich Search features
  • Tab Layout – for multiple email browsing/management
  • Addons manager – a great feature allowing you to build on the basic version of Thunderbird with new addons and enhancements

And they are just a few of the features offered by Thunderbird, you can find a full overview here.