Top 12 Free Windows Email Programs for 2017

You have more than one great free Windows email program to choose from.

Free Email for Windows?

Windows has you looking for an email program—the best free email program for Windows, of course? It does not exist. There are many free email programs, though, and at least one perfect for you.

Naturally, you will approach this list leisurely. You will peek at the descriptions, study the reviews, marvel at the screenshots, try a few free clients and inspect what email programs others prefer. Identifying your perfect free email program will be a lot of fun!

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

1
Mozilla Thunderbird

Mozilla Thunderbird
Mozilla Corporation

Mozilla Thunderbird is a fully featured, secure and very functional email client and RSS feed reader. It lets you handle mail efficiently and with style, and Mozilla Thunderbird filters away junk mail too.
Mozilla Thunderbird Review | Top 50 Mozilla Thunderbird Tips | More Mozilla Thunderbird Tips

2
Opera

Opera - Free Email Program
Opera - Free Email Program. Opera Software

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.

3
Mailbird

Mailbird Screenshot
Mailbird. Mailbird

Mailbird offers a solid and reasonably productive email experience for all your accounts in one place.
While Mailbird is extensible with “apps”, these usually do not integrate well, and email handling itself can feel limited to the basics.

4
Windows Live Mail

Windows Live Mail
Windows Live Mail. Microsoft, Inc.

Windows Live Mail is a comfortable email program that lets you access IMAP, POP and Windows Live Hotmail accounts with verve and ambition to connect with Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Calendar, your blog and RSS news feeds, too. Windows Live Mail offers solid spam filters, fast search and a few ready-made search folders, but it could do better helping you organize and manage mail.
Windows Live Mail Review | Windows Live Mail Tips

5
Pegasus Mail

Pegasus Mail
Pegasus Mail. David Harris

Pegasus Mail is one of the most powerful, secure and generally best email programs available for Windows, but the interface could need some polishing to make its features more accessible.
Pegasus Mail Review | Pegasus Mail Tips

6
IncrediMail

IncrediMail - Free Email Program
IncrediMail - Free Email Program. IncrediMail

IncrediMail is a fun and easy to use email client that adds spice to the messages you send while protecting you from spam, phishing and fraud attempts in a convenient manner. Unfortunately, IncrediMail lacks some productivity features if you have to deal with large amounts of mail.
IncrediMail Review | IncrediMail Tips

7
Mail for Windows

Mail for Windows
Mail for Windows. Microsoft, Inc.

Mail for Windows is a basic email program that lets you handle email in multiple accounts with ease and security, though it lacks more sophisticated features.
You cannot set up filters, for example, email groups or message templates.

8
Mulberry

Mulberry
Mulberry. 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.

9
Foxmail

Foxmail
Foxmail. Heinz Tschabitscher

Foxmail is a nice email client with lots of great features that make email easy and fun. It includes a way to send large attachments, but does not unify inboxes across accounts, for example.

10
DreamMail

DreamMail - Free Email Program
DreamMail - Free Email Program. Heinz Tschabitscher
DreamMail manages email and RSS feeds handily and handsomely with stationery, labels and related message search. Unfortunately, international language support is limited, DreamMail's spam filter seems ineffective, and IMAP accounts are not supported.

11
Alpine

Alpine - Free 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.

12
Sylpheed

Sylpheed
Sylpheed. Heinz Tschabitscher
Sylpheed is a surprisingly versatile email client. 'Surprisingly' because it has a friendly, easy to use interface to its many useful features.

13
i.Scribe

Scribe
Scribe. Heinz Tschabitscher
InScribe and its free version, i.Scribe, are true little email program gems. They're small, fast, efficient and very usable. Unfortunately, they lack secure messaging, and the IMAP support in Scribe is not perfect.