Last month I started looking for new programs and apps to use. I’ve been using the same programs for years, computing started to get boring, and change I wanted to change some things up and see what new programs were out there.
One of the main programs I wanted to change is my Mail client. I’ve been using Windows Live Mail desktop client for the longest time, which works great with my @live.com email address, but the program is aging, and hasn’t been updated in several years.
I started my pursuit of a new mail client, and I came across MailBird. MailBird has a simple beautiful flat metro UI, and seems to be simple and too the point, which I like. Too many mail clients have way too many settings, features, and just clutter in the way of the the mail.
The UI has two display views: Vertical, which displays a more compact UI for displays with limited width, and email previews on the side. Or Horizontal, which displays all the labels for folders and the accounts, and also loads the email preview below the inbox. You can easily make either view compact or full by dragging the side panel to the left or ride, and it’ll automatically hide or display the labels. I prefer the more compact Vertical view.
I wasn’t a fan of new flat “modern” UI design that started with Windows 8 and has gained huge popularity now, but it’s starting to grow on me, and I’m beginning to prefer it over the shiny beveled UI graphics of the past.
MailBird really looks nice and fits in perfectly with Windows 10, which I upgraded to last night.
Mailbird has a nice featured called “Unified Inbox”, which is essentially one inbox that holds all the mail from each of the accounts that you add into Mailbird. I’ve added every single email account I use into it, which consists of 2 gmail, 1 outlook.com, and 1 imap @gunch.com email address to it. Mailbird claims to work best with Gmail and even supports Gmail keyboard shortcuts, but I found that it works nearly identically with all accounts.
Don’t worry if you still want to see each individual inbox, simply click on the account that you wish to view the inbox of, and it auto loads that inbox. If you wish to never use the Unified inbox, you can easily disable the feature from withing the settings, or you can remove certain accounts from taking advantage of the feature.
Mailbird allows you to set an icon to each of the mail accounts so you can tell the difference between them on the side panel.
Mailbird doesn’t clutter the interface at all with your folders. You simply hover over the folder icon for that account (click the account icon, and then click the folder icon), and it’ll pop up with all the folders for that account, you simply click on the folder you wish to enter.
Email Composition is pretty simple and to the point, however, if you type anything with “attach” in it, it’ll pop up with this alert box as you send, ha
One thing you might want to change if you don’t use Gmail is the “Send and Archive” feature. What this feature does is automatically moves the email from the Inbox and puts it in a “Archive” folder. If the account isn’t with Gmail, it’ll simply create an Archive folder to use, as it did with my Outlook.com account. This is a great feature if you don’t mind your emails not being organized, but I personally prefer to sort my emails into folders such as: Work, Family, Friends, Payments, etc.
Mailbird supports “apps”, which I find to be useless. Who needs Facebook, or the most recently LifeHacker articles in their mail client? They do have an attachment and Contacts app, but that should be already included within the app itself, which is weird.
However, there are some bugs.
Shortly after buying I realized that It wasn’t synching my email. I’d get alerts on my iPhone that I have new email, but MailBird would never download them. I noticed that one of my gmail accounts hasn’t been synced in a really long time, and also my Grunch imap mail stopped syncing.
The first thing I noticed is that MailBird doesn’t have a “check for new mail” or “refresh” button. I assume it tries to do this when you click on an Inbox for an email account because there is somewhat of a loading bar that goes across the top of the inbox and sometimes it moves alot as if its trying to check for new mails.
I begun my investigation on this issue, and came across this support ticket. This seems to be a common issue that many people have complained about over the past year, and have yet to get a response or fix to. I was worried that I had just wasted $30 on a program that barely works.
I went looking to the settings for each account, and tried to resale the details. The Gmail account that wasn’t syncing was giving me an error saying that the program does not support Two Step Authentication. I didn’t enable this setting in gmail anytime recently, so I’m not too sure why the client would suddenly have the issue, but i navigated to gmail, and disabled this setting, and wallah! MailBird was getting all the email from the past week.
I went into the setting for the Grunch email, and everything looked good, Saved the settings again, which I guess relog you in, and wallah, was starting to get emails with that account again.
So if you are having an issue with Mailbird no longer receiving new emails, go into the settings for that account, and save them again. This seems to have resolved the issue for me, for now at least.
MailBird claims to be free, but if you want to actually to use it and the features, you’ll need to subscribe to the Pro version, which you can pay annually, or pay a one time fee of $40 (use the 33% off coupon to pay only $30: MB-LIFE-33) and have access to all pro features for the life time of the product. This means you’ll get free upgrades and updates to any future versions as well, which i made sure to be true by asking the dev team directly before I bought.
They let you test the Pro version for 30 days, so you can makes sure you love the client before you buy, which I took advantage of, and ended up loving the program, So I went ahead and bought the Pro Lifetime license for the one time fee, which seemed to be the best deal.
I am very happy with MailBird, and I think the $30 investment was worth it. I find myself using email alot more lately.