Email is one of the most used ways to communicate. Email clients (programs) are the second most used programs, with browsers like Internet Explorer being the most used. Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter are also popular ways to communicate, but email definitely has many advantages and are still highly used.

Email clients

There are a lot of email programs available, some are free and some are shareware. For the un-initiated, shareware programs are available for download, but are usually time limited. If you want to keep using the program, you have to buy it. This is a good way to try a program before shelling out your hard earned dollars. If you don’t like it, you don’t pay for it. Just uninstall it & try another program.

Probably the most used program is Outlook Express which came free with Windows until Vista. Windows Mail was an updated version of Outlook Express and was installed with Vista. It was a bit buggy and was upgraded to Windows Live Mail.

Windows 7 does not come with an email program. You can download Windows Live Mail 2012 from Microsoft.  This version will run on Vista and Windows 7, but not on Windows XP.

OE (Outlook Express) has a lot going for it. It can be configured to get any web-based email that uses POP & SMTP protocols. You can set message rules to move email into specific folders, setup profiles for different users and customize the way you view email.  Windows Live Mail has most of the same features, but no longer has the Identity feature.

Windows Live Mail 2012 looks a lot different, but under the hood is mostly the same. This version will not install on Windows XP; XP users will need have to use another email such as Thunderbird.

Eudora is another great email program. Since Qualcomm, the maker of Eudora decided to no longer support Eudora, it became open source in 2007 and is no longer available for the paid version. If you are currently running an older version of Eudora in the Sponsored Mode, you should update to the latest version ASAP.

Download Eudora 7.1. You can still get the sponsored mode and now it will have no ads.

Many users just use email on the web. Most ISPs have an email interface on the web and there are a number of free email services with web interfaces like Gmail and Yahoo. 

However, if you have a lot of contacts and messages you need to keep, you should keep copies on your computer, just in case something goes wrong with your stuff on the web or you change your ISP.