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Top 9 Free Mac Email Programs

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A free email programs comes with Mac OS X, and it's not a bad one at all. But you shouldn't be satisfied with the default email program — at least not until you've checked out the free alternatives. Here are my top free Mac email programs.

PS: Looking for free email, you may also like free email services.

(Updated February 2011)

1. Mac OS X Mail - Free Mac Email Program

Mac OS X Mail
Mac OS X Mail is a solid, feature-rich and spam-eliminating, but also an extremely nice and easy to use email client.

2. Mozilla Thunderbird - Free Mac Email Program

Mozilla Thunderbird - Free Email Program
Mozilla Thunderbird is a fully featured, secure and very functional email client. It lets you handle mail efficiently and with style, and Mozilla Thunderbird filters away junk mail too.

3. Opera - Free Mac Email Program

Opera - Free Email Program
Heinz Tschabitscher
The Opera email client is a slick and flexible interface that will satisfy almost all your email needs, and Opera integrates RSS feeds in this experience as well. Some may find the message editor lacking a bit in power, and the absence of support for encrypted email is unfortunate.

4. Sparrow - Free Mac Email Program

Sparrow - Email Program
Viêt Hoà Dinh, Dominique Leca & Jean-Marc Denis
Sparrow brings Gmail conversations and labels to the Mac desktop with a deftly slick and decidedly simple interface.

5. Mulberry - Free Mac Email Program

Mulberry - Free Email Program
Heinz Tschabitscher
Mulberry is a powerful and incredibly versatile email client available for all the popular platforms. If there is something Mulberry lacks, it is simplicity.

6. Mailsmith - Free Email Program

Mailsmith - Free Email Program
Stickshift Software
Mailsmith, the email client from the makers of BBEdit, is just as powerful and feature-rich as the text editor.
It's a pity Mailsmith supports POP accounts only, and a — adequately empowering — rich-text editor could be a neat addition, too.

7. Mozilla SeaMonkey - Free Mac Email Program

Mozilla SeaMonkey - Free Email Program
Heinz Tschabitscher
Never underestimate Mozilla! The email component of this open source browser is a solid performer, fully featured and handsomely usable.

8. Alpine - Free Mac Email Program

Alpine - Free Email Program
Heinz Tschabitscher
Alpine is powerful console email program that makes you use email productively with automation aplenty and nary a distraction.

9. GNUMail.app - Free Mac Email Program

GNUMail.app - Free Email Program
Heinz Tschabitscher
GNUMail.app is a slick email client with solid support for multiple accounts and powerful filters.

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