I used Outlook Express on WinXP but bypassed the Windows Mail application that came with Vista and Win7 had no E-Mail Client [most brand computers I worked on had Windows Live Essentials with it Mail or Outlook] but I'm quite satisfied with SeaMonkey's E-Mail Client and a freebie called OE Classic [Outlook Express Classic], don't need all the bells and whistles in some of the other programs. I do have Outlook on two computers but only as part of Office 2010 on one and Office 2013 on the other.
Kelliann asked me to keep him updated on my Win Mail issue.... It's good news ref Win Mail
As stated earlier, I have been using Win Mail (Ex Vista) with Windows 10 without a hitch, however the last update via the Windows insider program corrupted the installation.
I tried to reinstall the program, however this did not cure the issue.
In the end, I undertook a clean install of Win 10 Pro X64, downloaded all the updates, including the latest Windows insider update, I then reinstalled the Win Mail program, and success it works.
I am old school, I like POP, I like my emails on my PC. I also like to use the contacts Folder found in Windows, plus the ability to have Groups within the Contacts folder, so basically click on one folder within Contacts and I can send an email to 50 people.
I also like the ability to have multiple email addresses.
For me web mail is great on my mobile, (I use Aqua Mail) but that's it.
Cheers for now, hope this info helps
a. Poppeeper + a spam filter
(small, free, does quick periodic scan of accounts, tray icon, notifies me of new mail, so I can process mail via headers, and reply via Thunderbird if I wish).
=> elimination of unneeded mail.
(to download mail I want to keep, search mail history)
Main thing- must be
b. independent of MS
c. easy to move from PC to PC when I buy a new laptop.
a. Kept changing after OE
b. Now we see it, now we don't - the case of the vanishing email client in Win 7 on.
c. Stored stuff all over the place from mail rules to the address book.
d. Relatively hard to transfer from PC to PC or from one client to another.
Syd - thank you for the update!!! This is GREAT news! If I can get Windows Mail from Vista, which I am now using on Windows 7, onto Windows 10 then I have no problem switching to Windows 10. Using Windows Mail is far more important to me than using Windows 10 so if one of them had to be sacrificed, it would definitely be Windows 10. And I am pretty sure there are a whole lot of other people just like you and me. I want Windows Mail for all the reasons you stated.
Another little trick is to use OUTLOOK EXPRESS (remember that one) in an XP Virtual Machine -- if you install a minimal XP Virtual machine and only use it for email you shouldn't have to worry about lack of support. OE was fast small and efficient -- great pity it ended after XP. Use Free VMware player or VBOX to create your XP VM.
I agree with previous poster though I HATE webmail type clients --usually slow, messy and adware driven.
If you can find a cheap (discounted) version of office 2007 or 2010 then outlook is very good, There are also some reasonable LINUX email clients but that's another issue entirely.
Note to people who don't like IMAP - there's no problem copying email from your IMAP inbox to the local outlook pst files - simply copy (or move) to the relevant folder. Outlook 2013 is a DOG in that regard as the outlook files are hard to find. However in both OUTLOOK 2010 and 2016) and presumably in office 365 the folders are restored again into your documents folder named outlook.pst.
I do like IMAP as it's easier to use email from a myriad of devices -- when I want to save emails I just move them to a local folder on a PC.