So, you have gifted your grandparents a computer on their birthday, or maybe they treated themselves with a new one. For seniors learning to use computer and internet is not only to kill boredom but also a way to stay connected to their family and friends. Oh yes, let’s not forget the grandchildren.
In this age, learning computer skills is not a difficult task especially when all the software are created keeping usability in mind. The same applies to internet services as well — for example, emails.
Web-based email services are easy to use for many. You can set up an email address and teach seniors how to use it, and they will catch is faster than you can. However, using the web-based email services have their own cons.
This is where email clients make it easy for everyone. From beginners to seniors to professionals, email clients are a great way to send and receive email on your computer without the need of opening the web browser every time to check for new emails.
Email clients can keep your inbox organised, filter out spam and phishing emails and offers the flexibility to manage multiple emails from a single window.
There is no dearth of email clients for Windows. However, when it comes elderly citizens, you need to choose the client that offers an intuitive interface and doesn’t overwhelm the new user with tons of features.
In this article, we take a look at the best email client for seniors to learn and use single or multiple email accounts from their computer in no time.
All of these email clients are free to use. If you need more features, you can always upgrade to the premium version for commercial use.
- Price – Free / Pro $49.95
eM Client is a multi-platform email client available for Windows and Mac users. For most of the people, the free version with support for two email accounts is sufficient. If you want more, there is a Pro version of the same.
The user interface is intuitive, and even for first time user, it doesn’t feel overwhelming. For security, it has PFP encryption support to send encrypted emails. You can also back up the offline emails while working on your emails.
You can connect any email service provider supporting IMAP, Exchange, Office 365, POP and SMTP email technologies to the client. In addition, eM Client supports several business apps including Google Talk, Jabber or any other XMPP based service.
With eM Client you can manage the contacts in many ways including categorisation, exhaustive field, contacts merging and automatic deduplication to remove duplicate contacts.
The powerful Calendar management feature in the email client allows you to customise the interface, sync calendar data from services like Gmail and iCloud and send invitations for meeting to make sure everyone in your team is on the same page. From setting a reminder to the weather forecast, eM Client calendar manager can do it all.
eM Client is an excellent email client for both casual users, professionals as well as seniors looking for a simple yet effective solution that can offer more when needed without cluttering the user experience.
- Price – Free / Pro $7.2 yearly / $23.7 lifetime
From managing your multiple email accounts, filtering out spam and bad emails to offering business app integration, Mailbird can do it all. It is a free email client that also comes in Pro version for business users and commercial purpose.
Mailbird’s integration with a business app like WhatsApp, Google Calendar, Dropbox, Twitter, EverNote, Slack, Facebook and more makes it an ideal solution for corporate and commercial use. However, for casual users, Mailbird offers enough to keep you seated.
The unified inbox allows you to manage emails from your multiple email accounts at one place. For customisation, it allows you to change colour, themes and make it look the way you want to match your mood or desktop theme. For prioritizing emails based on their importance, you can snooze any email for later.
It also offers features like Speed Reader to fly through your email; custom sounds for incoming emails and notification; Linkedin Lookup allows you to connect to the service directly from your inbox; attachment search just like what you have seen in Gmail or even better. Dark Theme will enable you to work freely in the silent hours of night, and multilanguage support with translation feature to name a few.
If you are wondering, the free version does not support unlimited email account, don’t get features like Snooze email, Speed Reader, attachment quick preview, priority support and the license for commercial use.
Mailbird is a robust, fast, stable, email with no-frills. The free version is enough for most of the people while the premium version offers a great number of features for business owners and organizations.
- Price – Free
Thunderbird (Formerly known as Mozilla Thunderbird) is an open source email client which is among the most popular free email clients in the world for Window users. Thunderbird has all the features you need from an email client, and if you want more, there is always a plugin to extend the functionality of the email client.
Thunderbird is easy to use for many. However, for senior citizens or for the people who haven’t used an email client before, a few instructional lessons may be needed. The user can customise the looks of the program to match their taste.
You can set up unlimited email accounts with Thunderbird as long as they support IMAP, SMTP and SSL/TLS settings. Setting up the email client is easy. Simply enter the email address and password and authenticate Thunderbird to access your email from your service provider.
Thunderbird even offers the ability to add and operate custom email addresses from its dashboard. Managing contacts is easy as well. You can edit old contacts or add a new one with personal details such as photo, birthday and other contact information to keep it up to date.
The attachment reminder features look for the attachment word in the email and remind the user if they forget to attach any files and try to send the email. To keep the conversation flowing, Thunderbird offers in-app chat service integration that works with Facebook, Google Talk, IRC, Twitter and any other XMPP based chat service.
What’s more? You can search the web without leaving the email client, filter emails with Quick Filter Toolbar, search all the downloaded email, archive messages, be informed with the activity manager, add-on manager to manage third-party add-ons, robust privacy and Do Not Track feature, protection from phishing attacks and more.
Thunderbird being a free client offers features that are only available with some premium email clients. It is fast, free to use and one of the most stable email client available for use.
- Price – Free
IncrediMail is not for everyone. It is free, fun to use and offers a lot of funky colours, emoticons and 3D effects. For seniors who would like to email their grandchildren, this is probably one of the best email clients to have. It is all about making the email look attractive.
IncrediMail allows you to share photos in an email, decorate message with backgrounds, share funny emoticons and send a lovely animated ecard to anyone. The user interface is simple and easy to use as well.
If you want more customisation, you can select from different fun animated characters known as notifiers and make them appear on your screen when a new email is received. The email app automatically starts on Startup, so you don’t have to launch it every time manually.
IncrediMail has a vast collection of built-in background images to compose a personalised email or find an Ecard to wish someone on their birthday or special occasion from the IncrediMail library. The 3D effects feature changes email into exciting 3D objects like flying paper or sailing boat etc to make it magical.
IncrediMail is a decent email client, and with all the features it has on offer it is no brainer that it has been targeted at users who want to send email to their children or grandchildren with a personal touch.
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- Price – Free
The Windows 10 running machines come pre-installed with Microsoft’s own email client Mail. It is a simple email client that is pre-installed and allows you to connect multiple email accounts with it.
The user interface is simple yet elegant. Mail has a Focus Inbox option that allows you to separate important emails from social and promotional emails. You can read social and promotional emails in the other tab.
Mail app also comes with Calendar and Contact management features. You can further customise the Mail app using personalisation option to change theme colour, background images and folder and messaging space. You can also set up automatic replies to a selected account, add a signature, change email security and notification settings.
Windows Mail is the right choice if you don’t want too many features in an email client or don’t want to download a new email client and can compromise a little with not so good organisation features.
Whether you are a beginner or looking for an email client for seniors, all the email clients in this list offer extremely user-friendly UI to the users. These email clients do not overwhelm the new users with all advanced features unless required.
While selecting any email client for new users, you should consider the security features on offer to prevent phishing attacks and spam emails from reaching to the users who are vulnerable to cyber crimes.
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