What Is Mozilla Thunderbird?

by James Lemoine

Mozilla Thunderbird is a free download from the makers of the popular internet browser, Mozilla Firefox. Mozilla Thunderbird is generally considered to be an alternative to Microsoft's Outlook and Outlook Express programs.

What does Mozilla Thunderbird Do?

Mozilla Thunderbird is an all-inclusive news and email client. Thunderbird users can receive, read and organize news streams, and can send, receive, compose, tag and organize email messages.

What are the Advantages of Thunderbird?

Mozilla Thunderbird is a much less expensive product than Microsoft Outlook, and is generally regarded as having faster download and upload speeds as well as more customization options.

What are the Disadvantages of Thunderbird?

Since it's not a Microsoft product, Mozilla Thunderbird lacks Outlook's cross-program functionality with Microsoft Office products like Word and Excel. Additionally, while Outlook also includes tasks and scheduling software, Mozilla Thunderbird is simply a news and email client.

What Systems Can Run Thunderbird?

Mozilla Thunderbird versions are available for most operating systems, including all versions of Windows, Macintosh OS X and Linux.

What Does Mozilla Thunderbird Cost?

Like the Firefox web browser, Mozilla offers Thunderbird as a completely free download.

About the Author

An entrepreneur, author, and consultant, Jim Lemoine is currently a Fellow with TRI Leadership Resources, a global consulting, training, and management organization. He has written over 50 syndicated columns on a variety of topics including marketing and management, and has published a book, Business Defined. Lemoine holds an advanced degree from LSU and is a member of MENSA.