The best free email applications for windows

So you’ve bought hosting and set up an email account for your business through Netgems, now you need to download an email client for your PC to start using your email. We’ve put together this list of the best free email application options on the market today. Take a look through to find the best option for you. Haven’t set up your email with Netgems yet? Contact us to get started.

Thunderbird

Like Firefox, Thunderbird was created by the Mozilla Foundation (though development of the two has since been uncoupled). Like the web browser, its features can be extended and enhanced with a huge range of third-party add-ons.

Some of its excellent built-in features include the ability to link files that are too big to email and the ability to read RSS news feeds alongside your email.

Setup is easy, as with most modern email clients, all you need are your usernames and passwords, and Thunderbird takes care of the rest. Although if you do have any trouble setting up your Netgems email, please read our step by step guide for setting up your email with Thunderbird.

eM Client

eM Client has been here for over 10 years now, so it’s had a long time in development, making it one of the best email clients for Windows.

The free version is limited to non-commercial use and two email accounts, but otherwise it’s identical to the paid-for edition.

eM Client includes support for Gmail, Exchange, iCloud and Outlook.com, touch controls, fast searching and integrated calendaring and contacts. There’s an integrated chat app too, with support for common standards such as Jabber and Google Chat, and it’s a good alternative to heavyweight apps like Outlook.

To get eM client visit http://www.emclient.com/ and click ‘free download’.

Mailbird Lite

Mailbird lite is a  great-looking client packed with lots of handy features. Mailbird Lite isn’t just an email app – it’s a whole communication platform to which you can add apps for scheduling, chatting, file syncing and teamworking.

After downloading Mailbird you’ll be treated to a 30-day trial of the Pro version, which is downgraded to the more limited Lite edition if you choose not to upgrade at the end of the month. There are no time restrictions on the free client.

Free users miss out on features such as speed reading, email snoozing and quick previews of attachments, but Mailbird Lite is still an excellent choice. It supports up to three email accounts, is optimized for speed, and looks great.

Setup is simple; enter your email details and Mailbird Lite will find the necessary POP or IMAP settings automatically, then get to work importing your messages. It offers to connect with your Facebook account, so it can liven up your inbox with your contacts’ profile photos, and can also link with Whatsapp, Google Calendar, free task manager Moo.do, and teamworking app Asana.

Want Mailbird Lite? Go to https://www.getmailbird.com/pricing-offers/ and click the ‘free download’ option

Claws Mail

Claws mail is a basic interface and a powerful email tool for confident users Claws isn’t hard to use, but is best suited to more experienced users who want to get stuck into its custom mail filtering and support for an unlimited number of email accounts.

Unlike the other clients here, Claws requires users to set up their POP3/IMAP settings manually. If you use Gmail, you may also need to adjust your Google account settings and grant access for potentially less safe applications – something you might well prefer to avoid.

Unusually for a modern email client there’s no option to send HTML messages – Claws is plaintext-only – but by omitting potentially unnecessary features, Claws can run at lightning speeds. Its search function is particularly good, and it’s expandable via plugins too.

It isn’t the prettiest email app, but Claws is a great free choice if you value substance over style. It’s also updated regularly, so bugs are stamped out quickly.

Download Claws Mail

Inky

Inky is a free email client with one-time setup for all your devices. Inky’s free edition is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Android, and its one-time setup makes it the perfect email client for use across all three platforms.

After downloading and installing the client, you’ll be asked to create an Inky account. This links all your email addresses together, enabling you to access them from any device with Inky installed without the hassle of setting up POP and IMAP settings.

Once you’ve registered, setup is simple; enter the username and password for each account, and Inky takes care of the rest.

In everyday use, Inky is excellent, with a clever auto-tagging feature, intelligent filtering of message types (personal, subscriptions, social, notes and so on), very fast searching and cloud syncing between devices.

If you’re running Windows 7 or later and spend lots of time trying to find particular messages or threads, Inky could save you an enormous amount of time.