Thunderbird on Multiple Machines
March 8, 2012 6:45 PM Subscribe
Since I'm frustrated with gmail, I'm thinking of installing Thunderbird to manage my email on three computers (home, office, laptop). Is this a good idea?
posted by washburn to Computers & Internet (12 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I've been getting annoyed with gmail, since its "threaded view" doesn't work well for me.
First, regarding gmail: I teach at a university and have to send out group emails sometimes. I find that students and others often reply to group emails when contacting me about unrelated matters, creating "threads" containing material about unrelated subjects. Gmail's "unthreaded" view is pretty terrible--it won't display an icon telling you which email you've replied to, and emails aren't sortable by sender. So both gmail views imho make it too easy for me to accidentally skip replying to some emails.
I have two main email accounts, my gmail one and my university one. I forward the university one to gmail.
What I think I might need to do in order to get control of my email is install Thunderbird on 3 computers--my home desktop, my laptop, and the computer in my office.
How likely is this to produce problems syncing or other issues? Will I be able to send email directly from gmail (from my phone, for example) and have my Thunderbird installs automatically download these emails into the "sent" folder?
How much trouble am I asking for by using multiple Thunderbird installs to access my gmail account? And can I also configure Thunderbird to include the option to send email via my university's email server?
Very grateful for any tips or warnings you might be able to provide.