Microsoft Outlook is my all-time favorite email client. Its has been one of the most dependable and versatile tools I’ve had the opportunity to work with. Users who don’t have Outlook, or don’t like Microsoft products but still like to get the Outlook experience, may be interested in a handy alternative called eM Client. Its been around for a few years, but if you haven’t heard of it, then read on.
eM Client Review
eM Client has many good things going for it. It has a clean, intuitive interface and supports email, tasks, contacts and calendars just like Outlook does. It fact it does a little bit more such as offering support for plenty of other services as well, such as Gmail, Exchange, iCloud, and Outlook.com among others.
If you wish to import existing data, a simple drop-down list will let you choose from a variety of options: Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Mail, and Thunderbird among others. You can also check out your email on touch devices such as tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices.
eM Client supports all the basic email technologies including POP3, SMTP, IMAP and AirSync. Email templates, signatures, categorization, tags built-in spell checker and email translator are also available.
The Calendar offers different views, let you share calendars with others, color code events, send meeting invitations, and schedule meetings based on free and available times. eM Client even lets you download your country’s holiday list onto your calendar.
Setting up your contacts list is also easy. If you haven’t already imported your contacts at set up, you can add them manually. There are a large number of fields with easy folder and categorization support. You can also view your communication history with each contact and merge contacts without a hitch.
For easy communication eM Client also offers support for messenger services from GTalk, Jabber, and Facebook. You can chat within the application, or if you like, move out to a detachable window to chat more conveniently. If fact, you can also transfer files via chat.
eM Client Installation and Setup
Setting up eM Client is quite an effortless process. Once you run the downloaded file, simple follow the wizard’s instructions to get going.
You can choose from three graphical themes, Modern, Classic, and Arctic. Setting up an account is just as easy. Simply enter the email and password and click Start Now. You have options to choose your Mail clients, Chat clients, Calendar and Contact imports.
Once the set up is done, you are taken to the main screen where you find the familiar left pane listing all your folders, the middle pane displaying your email, and the right pane showing a you a preview of the selected email message.
The top of the application does not have a Ribbon interface, but there’s a menu and a Quick Access bar that lets you access your most often used buttons (New, Reply, Reply All, Move to Junk, Delete) instantly. Searching for an email is also easy with the Search bar that sits at a convenient spot at the top of the screen.
eM Client comes in 2 versions; Personal and Pro. The personal edition lets you create and use up to 2 email accounts, but if you want the Pro version, you’ll have to cough up $49.95. That’s a fair price considering that you get hosted Exchange services with phone support along with a great tool.
IF you are looking for a good alternative to Outlook, or simply an intuitive and user friendly email client, check out eM Client. And if you’re already using this tool, tell us what you think of it.