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Thunderbird – the thunder mail client

14 May 2011 / 21:05:10  GRReporter
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Ivan Petkov

 

We continue our series of lessons related to the cloud office. So far I showed you some tricks using which to synchronize a desktop calendar such as Rainlendar, as well as the sticky notes, as PNotes, and some complete solutions, such Simplenote and Evernote, which allow for synchronization with mobile phones OS such as the iPhone and phones with Android OS.

Now we will go one step further and I will offer you a complete and free solution, namely the email client Thunderbird. And the best part is that you can synchronize your emails, calendar, contacts and notes through other free services and have them stored in the 'cloud' so as not to lose more information, and you will be able to use them on every a computer that you need. I'll show you how to literally carry it all in your pocket. Let's get to work.

I guess everyone of you has an e-mail that you use, some of you have even more than one e-mail account, whether it is personal or business, or even few personal ones and few business ones. I remember when I first opened my mail client and had to set it up. Assumably that was supposed to be easy, and I had the confidence that I know computers well... Unfortunately, a lot of the things meant nothing to me - names, emails, domains, ports, security of the connection, mail servers, POP3, IMAP, SMTP ... None of this has changed, but in return, the mail clients have changed a lot in the direction of easier setting and use. Setting the Thunderbird is very easy! You will see this for yourself.

You can download Thunderbird in your desired language and suitable for the used by you operating system (Windows, Mac or Linux) from the site of Mozilla, the organization that stands behind its development. I say organization, not a company, because it is a foundation that coordinates dozens, even hundreds of independent developers who are involved in the development of this open source mail client. If you want a portable version of Thunderbird, which you can carry anywhere with you, stored on a USB Flash device, you can download Thunderbird Portable.

 
Thunderbird as e-mail client

I'll show you how to quickly, easyly and for free create an email to use for personal or business needs, especially if you're a small company. For this purpose we will use the services of Gmail, the best free email service, according to me. Create an account there, with your desired name. I will create a test account for the purposes of this article:

Gmail provides an opportunity also for the use of a separate domain that is the company name or your website and something very useful – syncronization of the emails between your mail client Gmail.

You have already installed Thunderbird on your computer and you should now set up your account. The only thing you need to know is your email and password that you have just created or already have in Gmail and insert them in the appropriate fields:

Then Thunderbird will itself set the rest:

Finish setting up your account and voila - you can now send emails from your mail client, which will be perfectly synchronized with Gmail. If you are writing from another computer, the letters will be synchronized on each computer from which you check your mail. For the more technically educated users I would say that while setting they must leave the IMAP protocol. Very often, other mail services use the POP3 protocol to download mail and if you have heard it as a name do not change it! POP3 will download your e-mails on a single computer only and it will not synchronize it.

 
Thunderbird Calendar

Now we only have to set up the calendar of Thunderbird. But where is it? Thunderbird is not a program type "Swiss knife". I know that these programs are more comfortable for most users, but they have their disadvantages. The advantage of Thunderbird is, that its options can be expanded through small applications, called extensions (add-ons). Once you get used to the add-ons, there is no turning back. The good thing about them is that there are all kinds of them and meet all needs. Originally they need to be downloaded and installed that scares most people, or at least is annoying, but actually they very useful.

The calendar for Thunderbird is called .... Lightning, an appropriate name for the "thunder bird" (thunderbird, in Bulgarian, translates as the name of the bird, after which the mail client is named). Add-ons are installed very easily, as follows:

1. Open the menu Tools> Add-ons (in the Bulgarian version I guess it's Settings / Tools> Add-ons). The following window will load:

Tags: Thunderbird e-mail mail client calender synchronization Google Calendar Lightning Provider for Google Calendar
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