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On 01/07/10 19:27, Julian Hall wrote:
On 01/07/2010 17:54, Neil Winchurst wrote:My wife has her own laptop and insists on using XP because that was on the machine when she bought it. Oh well, what can I do? She gets a lot of spam mail, of course, and I want to get it sorted for her. However I just cannot get on with Outlook Express ( what a terrible program). I know that Thunderbird is available for Windows, and I am used to that program. I would like to suggest installing the Windows version of TB for her and then helping with the spam. Is this a good idea? Is it easy to download and install on XP. I haven't used Windows for years, so I am a bit worried about messing things up. Would any particular version be best? Any help appreciated thanks, NeilTB works fine on Windows, although I've only used in on XP and 7. Current version is 3.0.5 and I would suggest getting the Lightning addon as well (Calendar) so you basically end up with an open source equivalent to the full Outlook that works better and faster than the baby brother Outlook Express.
Actually 3.1 has been out about a week*, it's supposed to have some improvements over 3.0.x.
http://www.mozillamessaging.com/en-US/thunderbird/all.html* Okay, some languages are still limited to 3.0.5 but the English version is 3.1
As for spam control, I don't have any issues with it - I do like the ability to use a white list - basically filter any mail from people not in your address book either; to a blacklist folder as I do - safer but it's still downloaded; or deleted from server - could delete mail from friends who change addresses or badly behaved mailing programs that never use the same From: address.
I agree, I occasionally get spam and it's usually picked up as spam, although sometimes a couple of innocent messages are picked up but luckily not deleted.
One key decision to make when you install is if you want all mail to go to a global Inbox or to separate ones for each account. Either way you can still set-up filters for each account or global.
I prefer individual in-boxes myself, but that's what I got used to with Thunderbird 2.x. I guess that might not be an issue with only one mail account though.
Thunderbird 3.x is also now smart enough to detect mail server settings for a lot of ISPs etc. It's not fool proof, but it covers a lot of ISPs.
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