The services in the cloud are becoming increasingly popular, and can be found for virtually all web applications.Of course there’s a lot more, but years ago one conceived Internet as web browsing and emailing , which has remained to this day even though we have many other ways to communicate, in the latter case. It seems logical to use web mail services purely at the end of the day, we need connection to send and receive emails. Here the leader is Gmail , and although it is rare that the service falls, it can be interesting to have a Windows client with which to enjoy our emails offline , such as Mailbird .
Mailbird Sparrow is clearly based on a missing Gmail client for Mac that also has iPhone version but not updated since Google bought the product. What does this tell us? Sparrow That was good enough for Google was interested in acquiring him and Mailbird is worthy of us to do a review, since it exceeds some points and is also available for Windows, reaching a greater number of potential users.
The first thing we encountered upon entering Mailbird page is a form where you must enter basic data (name and email) to download the application. If we introduce dummy data download also, but if we are good and provide our email, we will receive an email with the license and with a unique key that could be useful in the future.
We downloaded the application. Or rather, the installer, since after a few seconds we have before us an application that actually will download and then install Mailbird in our system.
Mailbird settings is very simple, and just enough to introduce our Gmail account and password to begin, but before that we set up our Gmail account to use IMAP. To do this, follow these steps in Gmail:
- Go to Options (in the upper right icon)
- Access the tab “Forwarding and POP settings / IMAP *
- Enable IMAP
Then we must ensure that the labels have visibility IMAP, for this we wing Labels tab and make sure that they all have the check IMAP enabled. We’re done.
Back to Mailbird, after entering our mailing enter data directly to the application and to become familiar with the environment. We are shown a tutorial is divided into several parts and showing us the virtues of service. After receiving the first email, we will have completed the tutorial.
Interface and operation
The interface is clearly based Mailbird Sparrow, I said at the beginning. This results in a main window with several distinct sections:
- Bar sections
- Poste restante
- Detail post
There are three sections to column mode, the most on the left control panel that lets you switch between inbox, favorite post, send and other labels that we have created in Gmail. The following applies to the mailing list or conversations, corresponding to the labels selected in the first. Navigating it is really simple, and each selection will see the changes reflected in the last column of detailed view of emails, where of course we have the options of reply, forward etc.
Compose a new email is as simple as clicking the icon above, and to search the mail will do the same, with the corresponding icon.
Mailbird has a number of secondary functions and features that make the customer even more attractive. The functions of which I speak are the rapid synchronization of emails and notifications . Each time you enter a email and receive an audible notification in the form of popup in the system tray. One click leads automatically to mail, very fast, although it should be noted that the web version of Gmail lets you do the same if you use Chrome, thanks to the native notification system browser.
As for extras, as you see in the picture, Mailbird integrates with a number of third party applications and services that make it very interesting customer use. Dropbox, Calendar, Facebook or Google Drive.
Also keep in mind the keyboard shortcuts that incorporates, and is that even having the customer in the background, we can open a Compose screen by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Space.
Mailbird is a very good option (probably the best) solution to have a Dedicated customer Gmail on Windows, and should be the application for us to go if Microsoft Outlook and other mail clients do not convince us. Why? Because Mailbird has everything you can expect from a Gmail client and is both extremely simple and convenient to use.
Personally I prefer to consume Gmail from the website or Android native applications, but IMAP synchronization is fast enough to think having a Windows client, and notifications and Mailbird advantages make it an ideal choice. The real question is whether or not Mailbird suffer the same fate of Sparrow, which was abandoned after the big G was done with it. Until that happens, which seems unlikely, I invite you to discover a client that will delight lovers of desktop applications.
Indeed, in the days that I’ve been testing has jumped the notification dialog to update, so Mailbird has automatic updates that can be installed from within the application.