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12. Great Programs That Aren’t on the CD > 12.4. Thunderbird: A Feature-Rich Em...

Thunderbird: A Feature-Rich Email Client

While Firefox is based upon the Gecko HTML rendering from the Mozilla project, Thunderbird is based upon Mozilla’s email client code. Think of it more as an alternative to Outlook Express than as a replacement for Outlook. Thunderbird supports POP3 and IMAP clients, and beyond the typical email features it also provides a highly accurate statistical spam filter and a newsgroup reader. A statistical spam filter determines the likelihood of a particular message being spam, based upon you teaching it what you consider spam. After a few days of training, it should achieve an accuracy rate as high as 99 percent. Figure 12-6 shows the main configuration screen for Thunderbird’s spam filter.


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