Windows Email Clients for Beginners

If you are new to emailing, choosing a Windows email client can be confusing. Many apps offer so much functionality that it becomes overwhelming to learn everything. In this case, less is more: your best bet is a simple email client that is easy to use and offers a good help system. You should also look for solid protection so you can make mistakes (and you should!), and good export functionality so you can easily switch if you need a more powerful program. Here are a few beginner Windows email clients that will fill the bill.

  1. IncrediMail
  2. What do we like?
  3. What we don’t like
  4. Windows Mail
  5. What do we like?
  6. What we don’t like
  7. AOL
  8. What do we like?
  9. What we don’t like
  10. Mozilla Thunderbird
  11. What do we like?
  12. What we don’t like


What do we like?

  • A quirky approach to messaging.

  • Lots of free images to decorate emails.

What we don’t like

  • Cruelly unprofessional – an electronic program for a grandmother.

  • The emphasis on images in messages opens the door for viruses and malware.

In short, IncrediMail is fun. With a focus on a colorful, thoughtful interface and images to add to your emails, IncrediMail makes it easy to create compelling emails. A simple setup will help your intro to write a nice email. Bonus: The quick email search tool is painless and intuitive.

Windows Mail

What do we like?

  • A fallback program in Windows 10, so no download required.

  • Constantly improving.

What we don’t like

  • May be too complex for complex mail management.

  • Some features are managed at the account level, not the application level.

If you have Windows, you have Windows Mail – everything you need to get started with email. Graphically, the interface looks a bit more serious and businesslike than IncrediMail’s, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun to use. If you’re used to the Windows ecosystem, Mail relies on what you already know to keep things running smoothly. In fact, if you’ve ever used Outlook Express, you’ll find Mail very easy to use; it replaced Outlook Express as the default Windows email client.


What do we like?

  • Free and easy.

  • Provides all basic functions without introducing overly complicated functions.

What we don’t like

  • The future of AOL is uncertain.

  • Most seasoned emails bounced off the domain.

The e-mail service from AOL, the company’s grandfather, has evolved since AOL first offered online access in 1993 and the very first “You’ve Got Mail!” notification. AOL email continues to be popular with those who value ease of use, good spam filters, and virus protection. In addition, you can choose a free AOL email address and save 25MB of photo and video attachments. This is often referred to as AIM mail.

Mozilla Thunderbird

What do we like?

  • Free standalone email program, no web interface.

  • Years of experience in maintenance and feature development.

What we don’t like

  • May be too complicated for those new to emailing.

  • Not the best program in the world.

As with AOL, Mozilla Thunderbird provides you with a free email address and easy installation. The full feature set is packaged well enough to still be intuitive for beginners. To add a new contact, click on the star in the email you receive and you will be automatically reminded if your email contains a link to an attachment you forgot to add. If you’re familiar with the tabbed interfaces in most browsers, Thunderbird tabs don’t have a learning curve at all.

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