Software & Apps Windows 283 283 people found this article helpful 6 Best Free Windows Email Programs for 2020 Ditch Outlook and access your mail with a free email client by Heinz Tschabitscher Writer A former freelance contributor who has reviewed hundreds of email programs and services since 1997. our editorial process Heinz Tschabitscher Updated on January 02, 2020 reviewed by Michael Barton Heine Jr Lifewire Tech Review Board Member Michael Heine is a CompTIA-certified writer, editor, and Network Engineer with 25+ years' experience working in the television, defense, ISP, telecommunications, and education industries. our review board Article reviewed on Apr 18, 2020 Michael Barton Heine Jr Windows The Ultimate Laptop Buying Guide Tweet Share Email To check your email and send messages straight from your desktop, you need an email program. Here are a few of the very best free email programs for Windows. The email programs in this list each offer distinct features. Some apps display mail differently or have additional options for notifications or security, but they all have one thing in common: They can access email from nearly every email provider. The offline mail programs listed below are great for accessing mail from your regular email address, but they most likely will not work with secure email providers because of the encryption they require. 01 of 06 eM Client What We Like Simple interface that's easy to use. Includes a long list of uncommon features. Adding a new email account is very straightforward. Includes a built-in calendar, chat tool, and place to keep tasks. Can import mail from other programs. The editor has lots of formatting options. Lets you pick from different themes. What We Don't Like You can use only two email accounts simultaneously. You can't build message templates. eM Client is a free email program for Windows that has a clean, updated interface, works smoothly, and is great for anyone wanting a straightforward email program with advanced features. For example, you can: Delay emails to have them sent later.Set up email rules.Build distribution lists.Send replies automatically.Delete duplicate emails easily.Empty the trash folder every time you exit eM Client.Customize notification sounds.Password-protect the entire program.Auto-backup your emails to any custom folder.Download custom spell-checker dictionaries.Configure custom keyboard shortcuts.Set up QuickText for faster typing.Translate emails.Send mail to multiple people while masking each email address from the other recipients (via the mass mail feature). You can buy eM Client for VIP support, the ability to connect an unlimited number of email accounts, and the option to use the program in a commercial setting. 02 of 06 Mozilla Thunderbird What We Like Uses tabbed browsing. Lets you connect to multiple email accounts simultaneously. Supports chat integration with Google, Twitter, and other such services. Advanced message filters. Can disable syncing certain folders from your online mail. Functions as an RSS feed reader. Lots of customizable settings. What We Don't Like Encrypting messages can be difficult to understand. Could easily become overwhelming for novice computer users. Mozilla Thunderbird is a fully featured, secure, capable email client and RSS feed reader. It lets you handle mail efficiently and with style, and like any good email program, it also filters away junk mail. Thunderbird stands out from other free Windows email programs in many ways, such as supporting lots of add-ons, letting you download themes to customize the program's entire appearance, and granting full access to tweak its many settings and features. 03 of 06 Mailbird What We Like Interface is clean and minimal, yet functional. Integrates with various online services. Includes color themes you can change. Pick any custom sound as a new mail notification. Automatically provides a free trial for Mailbird Pro. What We Don't Like Isn't free for commercial use. Limits how many email accounts you can set up. Missing features found in the Pro version, such as snoozing emails and quick preview for attachments. Takes longer to install than most email clients. Includes lots of ads. Mailbird offers a solid, reasonably productive email experience. Not only do you get access to your email, but you can also connect to WhatsApp, Facebook, WeChat, FormSwift, Slack, Google Docs, Evernote, Dropbox, and other services. This email program is fully functional in its free Lite form. If you want to remove the ads and have more features like the option to snooze emails and connect to more than just one email account at once, however, you have to upgrade to Mailbird Pro. 04 of 06 Mail What We Like Clean, modern interface. Rich editor for tables, pictures, freehand drawings, and more. Lets you access more than one email account. Supports light and dark modes and other personalization settings. Your email signature can include pictures and hyperlinks. Lots of settings you can tweak. Includes a built-in calendar. What We Don't Like Works in Windows 10 and Windows 8 only. Missing support for rules and filters. You can't make email templates. Mail is a product of Microsoft that works with Windows 10 and Windows 8. This sleek app lets you sync multiple email accounts right to your desktop and comes with a calendar app. This email program is pretty basic, so it doesn't include advanced filtering options or rules to auto-delete messages or move them around based on senders. However, Mail is ideal if you prefer a simple solution that lets you set up a new email account easily and integrates well with Windows. 05 of 06 IncrediMail What We Like Setting up a new account is easy. Provides a unique way to block spam. Includes fun animations you can use to alert you when new mail arrives. Lets you manage multiple identities and switch between email accounts. You can password-protect the program. What We Don't Like Some features work only in Plus version. Includes ads. Some spam-blocking features aren't free. IncrediMail is a fun, easy-to-use email client that's unique in its animations and designs. This email client includes a neat spam blocker that not only lets you block the sender's email address but also allows you to bounce the email back to the sender to make it appear as if your address isn't valid. Unfortunately, its free version is missing features such as email backup and the ability to switch between program skins. 06 of 06 Mailspring What We Like Much cleaner UI than most email programs. Adding email accounts is a cinch. Lots of settings can be customized. Themes let you quickly change the entire appearance of the program. Lets you try out some of the Pro features for free. What We Don't Like Limits how many email accounts you can add. Missing lots of features found only in the Pro version. Mailspring has a smooth, distraction-free user interface and is super-easy to set up, despite some advanced features. Unfortunately, not all of them are free; these are part of Mailspring's pro version. Mailspring Pro offers support for scheduled emails, snoozing, link tracking, follow-up reminders, read receipts, and more. You can use some of these features in the basic/free edition but only a few times a week.