The Bottom Line
Its smart labels are particularly sharp and learn by example. It's a pity Opera doesn't offer something similar for oft-used replies.
- Opera is a slick, small, fast and secure email client and RSS feed reader
- Mail shows up in all relevant places automatically and can be searched with speed in Opera
- Opera comes with a precise spam filter and smart labels that presort mail and learn by example
- Opera does not offer flexible message templates or advanced automation
- Secure message signing and encryption are not supported by Opera
- Opera can be idiosyncratic to the uninitiated and hides some capabilities
- Opera provides access to multiple POP and IMAP accounts as well as RSS news feeds.
- Messages show up in all relevant places (folders, contacts, labels,…) automatically.
- Opera offers free-form labels that can learn from the mail you classify with them to further organize mail.
- In addition, you can pin messages for heightened attention, which will mark them as "flagged" for IMAP accounts and sync nicely with other email programs.
- The integrated spam filter of Opera also learns from your classifications, of course, and spots junk mail precisely.
- Opera includes an address book, shows sender icons, and lets you concentrate on one person easily.
- For security, Opera supports TLS/SSL connections and can be configured to prefer plain text; for privacy protection, you can set up Opera not to download remote images automatically.
- A "quick reply" feature lets you compose and send a reply without opening a separate compose window.
- In standard replies and messages, Opera lets you use rich HTML text formatting.
- A low bandwidth mode downloads only the most necessary information fast (only the first 100 lines for POP and messages only upon request for IMAP accounts).
- Opera supports Windows XP/Vista/7, Mac OS X 10.4+, Linux, FreeBSD and Solaris.