User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; en-US; rv:1.4) Gecko/20030529 Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; en-US; rv:1.4) Gecko/20030529 I switched to Mozilla/1.4RC1 Mail client two days back - after years with MS Outlook. Am now going back to Outlook - after an accident that Outlook has routinely been preventing. This is essentially some feedback - may be useful when someone plans Mail upgrade. Forgive me for comparing Mozilla Mail with Outlook - but that is what I have always used. Three things where Mozilla is much better than Outlook: a) POP mail downloads MUCH faster - I think 3 or 4 times faster, at least. Minutes cut down to seconds. b) Incoming HTML mail can be rendered as just plain text. I have never appreciated people sending me HTML mail. It's really cool. c) Incoming message filters UI. The ability to put many rules in a single filter is great. During last two days I was using Mozilla Mail, I needed just two filters - "Kill spam" & "Move mailers I have subscribed to" to a low priority folder - as opposed to over 50 filters I need to keep in Outlook. d) Address autocompletion in Mozilla is much smarter. I don't normally need to open address book, something I need to do all the time in Outlook. Now the bad part - where Outlook wins: e) The reason I am going back to Outlook: I can tell Outlook to never automatically download or send messages; I will do it manually. Mozilla lets me receive mails manually rather than automatically; but this option is not available for sending mails. I just accidentally pressed SEND on a half cooked mail, & Mozilla was only too happy to send it before I could do anything! Outlook would have simply put it in Outbox - I could go there & fix after realizing my mistake. I normally do actual mail server communications only 2 or 3 times a day even when I am continuously online - gives me time to go back & edit or kill messages if I realize something amiss a while after actually pressing SEND. Some other things Outlook has that I have missed in Mozilla Mail: f) Mozilla insists on changing the font of mail title as soon as I select a message - marking the message as "read". I NEVER want it. There is no way it can determine if I have read a message. While this auto-marking comes default with Outlook, I can tell it I don't want. But not to Mozilla. It's an irritant. g) Mozilla is wasteful of screen real estate when displaying the message header in split window. Compare with corresponding Outlook header - just two lines worth of space so well utilized. While Mozilla header can be compressed to 1 line interactively, it doesn't contain enough info. h) A weird minor bug. I am composing a message. I drag a file from Windows Explorer into this message window - to attach it to message. If I drop it in the little "attachments window", Mozilla takes it properly as an attachment. If I drag it onto message area, Mozilla basically puts its filename into message area rather than attachment; when will I ever want this behavior? It's rather counter-intuitive. i) A MAJOR Outlook feature I miss. A customer insists that I should send weekly reports on Monday rather than Friday. My Friday evening in India is his Friday morning in US - so sending late Friday evening is not an option. But I like to close the week on a clean slate. So while sending the report in Outlook Friday evening, I go to message options & say "don't send it before <day/time>". Outlook will keep it in Outbox till that time; will actually send it first time I talk to mail server after the set time. Very handy. Something that will make Mozilla Mail more useful - though it did not pinch during my 2 day experiment: j) Mozilla filters apply only to incoming mail - and are meant primarily to classify mail for moving to different folders. I have a couple of customers who never write to support address; they insist on private communications with support guy they talked to last. And this support guy sometimes "forgets" to forward mail to support alias - an internal process requirement. I can configure his Outlook so when mail arrives from specific addresses, Outlook will automatically forward it to support group. k) I can also have filters on outgoing mail - when sending mail to this one individual, I want a copy automatically sent to a group. But this is much lower on my priority list. Reproducible: Always Steps to Reproduce: See "Details" above.
It would be impossible to deal with this report as it is. Please, always submit ONLY ONE issue per bug report, search first bugzilla to make sure that it hasn't been reported before and then resubmit each one of your points in one bug for each one as probably they involve different people and surely different code patched. Invalid.
Status: UNCONFIRMED → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 15 years ago
Resolution: --- → INVALID
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