As a professional working on the internet, I get a lot of email. As such, I have taken steps to make my life a little easier when it comes to email. I first moved everything over to Google App or Gmail. Then, I set up various mail clients on my old PC laptop, and was never satisfied. After moving to the Mac, I have been stuck with Mail, and I’m still not satisfied.
I discovered an upcoming mail client coming for the Mac, and it’s name is Persona. Persona is looking to change the way that Mac users work with their email. They have promised a number of great features, including 3 conversation views, a more visual interface, and a focus on the user. You can take a look at it in the video here.
I think what makes me most excited about Persona is that it is so different from its competition. The interface is similar to Mail, but the new views make it really different. It takes a Gmail style approach by using conversations, but gives it that polish that Mac users expect from their apps. They will also group your emails by sender and attachment, which is really new and different.
Persona will also connect with social media They will link to your Facebook, LinkedIn, or other accounts an add those people you your address book. For me, this is a killer feature. I use Facebook as my phonebook on my Android phone. I don’t know people’s email addresses, and this would help me keep track of them all.
I can see myself getting this app as soon as it is available. I am now following their Twitter account, and I will be on top of the release when the time comes. You can check out Persona by heading to their site. If you want the latest news, follow them on Twitter, and keep an eye on Techie Buzz.
It’s not a coincidence that I ran across this cool freeware app today. After reading about my advice to replace Outlook Express with Windows Live Mail, my friend Bob Constans sent me a tip about CodeTwo Outlook AutoConfig.
What is Outlook AutoConfig?
According to the author it’s â€¦
a free tool that will automatically create your email account in Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Mail and Windows Live Mail just by providing your email address.
That’s right, all you do is launch it, enter your email address, name and client.
Here’s what it looks like.
Outlook AutoConfig will look up the email provider in it’s database and automatically configure your email client to use the correct settings. If it doesn’t work on your provider, you can contact the author to have your provider added to the database.
The next time you launch your email, you will be prompted to enter the password for the account.
Download Outlook Autoconfig [Windows 7 / Vista / 2003 / XP / 2000]
Techie Buzz Verdict:
Manually adding accounts to an email client is one of the toughest tasks involved with email setup. Outlook AutoConfig can make it painless. Since it’s a stand-alone program, no installation is needed and it’s simple to use. I highly recommend it.
Thunderbird 3 left a lot to be desired, and many users who used it had lots of bad things to say about it. Many did say that Thunderbird 3 was probably a rushed project by Mozilla, however, the past is past and Mozilla has already begun to fix the problems in the new version, Thunderbird 3.1.
Mozilla has released a new beta for Thunderbird 3.1, codenamed Lanikai Beta 1, which fixes around 100 bugs and improves performance for the email client.
Some of the major fixes includes:
- Fixes to improve upgrading from Thunderbird 2
- Fixes for auto complete, tabs and activity manager
- Design improvements and corrections to the interface
- Stability and memory improvements
You can view a list of the full list of bugs that were fixed here. Lanikai Beta 1 has also dropped support for Windows 95, 98, ME and NT and Mac OS X versions prior to 10.4 Tiger. You can find more information about the changes in the Thunderbird 3.1 Beta 1 release here.
Thunderbird 3.1 Beta 1 is available as a download for Windows, Mac and Linux. You can find and download the appropriate version for your OS from here.