It works! I can get both my pop account and my hotmail account in one program, and they both work. I did have some difficulty getting my hotmail emails, but that is an issue with hotmail, not Thunderbird. Setting up message filters was easy too. If you want to filter by a group from your address book, don't create a group inside an address book. Create a new address book and add the contacts to that.
Thunderbird has been a solid program for a long time, and with all the add-ons available you can extend the feature set. Lately, though, the layout and design have received major enhancements (part of being tied to Firefox dev no doubt). More than simply about all the themes and personas available, the default font settings, for instance, make everything easier to read (which is what's really important with messaging); spacing is better, too. Essentially, once installed you don't really have to do much else with the appearance than add a little color (of your choosing). Another somewhat recent improvement is the basic assistance available for setting up new email accounts, which used to be a little "quirky", but now has also become solid. Right now, I'd say that Thunderbird v9 is the best program available for accessing POP andor IMAP accounts. Simply sending and receiving messages has never been easier.
I have been using Tbird for a long time but not for what others mainly use it for.
I wanted to keep printed PDF files of my email, while I could print out individual email from near every client, there was something special with Thunderbird...
When I selected all the emails, Thunderbird would allow me to print EVERY email in succession without mashing them into one and without me having to manually go in and choose each one to print. Admittedly, this was the main reason for me using this aside from the fact it's one of the best email clients out there.
I will say that backing up is easier than ever with live mail, but when it comes to printing email, viewing and handling, Tbird is still my favorite.
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