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Thunderbird vs gmail/yahoo, etc

Here are some reasons you might choose to use a native application email client instead of something like gmail & yahoo mail.

1. Stability - A lot of these web based email clients change day to day.

2. Reliability - Thunderbird's reliability is very solid. Web based clients can be very quirky.

3. Speed. Native clients tend to be faster than web based apps.

4. Subtle UI differences. Programmers have way more flexibility writing native applications than they do with javascript based web apps. Things like drag & drop, scrollable lists, tabbed windows, etc just work way better in native applications.

5. One click open for native apps versus login procedure for web apps.

6. Privacy.

7. No ads.