Linux favorite email client Claws Mail works well on Windows... once email is imported

Claws Mail is a simple, multiple-account, multi-lingual local email client with nice basic features but rough Windows import.

By Jon L. Jacobi, PC World |  Internet, email, Linux

Claws Mail is a great basic email client on its native Linux platform, and the Windows port I looked at is done
very nicely. It lacks automatic account configuration à la Outlook, but it supports multiple accounts, filters, and
has a threaded view of messages. It's attractively simple, but could use a better way to import existing email and
addresses.

Claws Mail's Linux heritage is the source of the import issues. While the program imports and exports mbox email
and LDIF, Pine, and Mutt address formats (Linux types rarely if ever found in Windows), there's no direct import of
email from Outlook or Thunderbird. There is, however, a workaround. The ImportExportTools add-on for Thunderbird
will export mbox files. Grab it. If you're moving from Outlook, then you can use Thunderbird's own import function
then use the add-on. Sadly, Claws Mail imports only one mailbox folder at a time. If you have several hundred
folders and 2.5GB of email, as I do, importing is a tedious process.

I found much to like about Claws Mail. I love its simple appearance and the way it properly handles return
addresses with multiple accounts, automatically using the address that the email was sent to. Outlook's insistence
upon using only the address associated with the server the email was retrieved from drives me nuts and is why I've
actively been exploring alternatives.

One function Claws Mail needs is a calendar--or even better, access to my Google calendar as Zimbra Desktop
provides. Still, once you've imported your old email, Claws Email's single-minded dedication to the logical
approach to handling of electronic post can be addictive.

Note: Claws Email is part of email and encryption package Ggp4win, and that is the name of the file that
downloads.


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