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Best Email Client For Seniors


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#1 compu5020

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Posted 26 January 2008 - 10:45 AM

What email client would you most recommend for a senior who is new to computing and wants to send some basic email? I was figuring she'd probably just use Outlook Express since it's already on the computer and it's integrated with Windows, but although I haven't used it for awhile myself, I think it may be somewhat confusing for a new computer user. I was thinking maybe I could find some kind of theme for Thunderbird, but again, it may be somewhat confusing. I found FamilyMail, but it appears that their website is gone. Any suggestions? Free would be best.

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Posted 26 January 2008 - 11:12 AM

Have you considered browser based webmail? Or is there a reason you you want a client? Possibly so that emails can be composed off line then sent? Just wondering what all the specific needs are, beyond the preference of free, to help refine the possibilities.

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#3 compu5020

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Posted 26 January 2008 - 11:22 AM

A client would be best because with dial-up internet, it would be preferable to be able to take take as long they want to compose the message, and then send it by dialing up. It will probably be used through Gmail (even though the webmail version is good, I think it would be better to have a client with dial-up), so POP or IMAP would work. Broadband may be in the future, but not now.

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Posted 26 January 2008 - 12:17 PM

A very nice and easily managed alternative to OE and Thunderbird is Foxmail.

It has a small footprint, but contains all you need in a simple interface.

Despite the name, it has nothing to do with Mozilla/Firefox but is in fact a Chinese prog.
I've used it for years.

Should add, it's free and no strings attached.

Edited by alumbagh, 26 January 2008 - 12:19 PM.


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Posted 26 January 2008 - 06:06 PM

Wow! I had no idea about Foxmail. Firefox is my default browser but I've never been able to get used to Thunderbird, so I've always stuck with Outlook Express. I think I'll give it a try.

But to the question about the Senior computer. Being a Senior myself, I think she'd do best with Outlook Express. Why? Because if she ran into problems or just had questions about it, it's a popular program and she can readily get help with it online or from other users she knows.

Also, it has the advantage of composing off line and sending when ready, as opposed to webmail. That's a big plus, especially for dial-up users.

But if you want to try the Foxmail for her, it does look pretty neat. I did search some customer reviews about it and noticed some people had problems.... so there again, getting help might be problematic since it's from a Chinese developer. I read some reviews here:
http://www.softpedia.com/progViewOpinions/10-3-1-38,.html

It might be different now in newer versions but the program description also said:

"By default the Foxmail interface is in Chinese. To use Foxmail in English just go into the installation directory and delete the Chinese.lgb file"

Edited by mommabear, 26 January 2008 - 06:07 PM.


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Posted 27 January 2008 - 06:46 AM

Morning, mommabear.

You make some cogent arguments for sticking with OE in the circumstances described by the original poster, and I am inclined to agree.

It is so long since I installed Foxmail that I had forgotten about the need to "translate" and I am not sure if the newer versions are the same. I have never updated from the original (bad me :thumbsup: )

I never liked Thunderbird, but then again I never liked Firefox either ........I'm an Opera fan :flowers:

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 04:51 AM

I am also a senior citizen and have used Hotmail since I began on PC's about 6-7yrs ago and I find it easy to use and no problem.

By the way you mustn't think that just because we are old we are also decrepit, after all we brought your generation to the world!!!.LOL.
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Posted 29 January 2008 - 05:49 AM

Morning, bluesjunior.

I bet I could give you a few years, my next birthday will have a nine followed by a five in it !!
:thumbsup:

My comments were not based on the age of the person mentioned in the original post, but the fact that he/she is described as being "new to computing".

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Posted 25 November 2009 - 07:06 PM

You might look into Presto's email machine. It's not an email client, but allows those who don't use computers to receive email from friends/family. Just plugs into a phone jack.

It does not allow the recipient to email back, but makes it really easy for all their friends/family to communicate with them.




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