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What is the best Mac OS desktop mail client?

I realized today, as I have five different email addresses in five+ different email tabs (1 personal, 1 company, 1 for spam, 1 for a company I advise, etc.), that it may be time to adopt a more consolidated view.

I have tried Mail, and in fact I keep my accounts integrated there just in case. But I've never been a big Mail fan. Gmail support (i.e. archive, labels, etc.) was an afterthought for Mail, making it not the best mail client for Gmail.

I have tried Sparrow. Sparrow wasn't bad, but ultimately I switched back to the web version.

I am excited for Mailbox for iOS, but they don't have a desktop version. And I haven't used it enough to even say whether or not it's a solution.

I know a lot of you deal with hundreds of emails a day from multiple accounts. What have you found to be the best mail client?

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Mike Preuss
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Mike Preuss Entrepreneur • Advisor
Growing Visible & helping other early stage co's
Have you tried using Fluidapp? Specifically making a Fluidapp from Gmail?
Karan M Gupta
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Karan M Gupta Entrepreneur • Advisor
Co-Founder and CEO at Mammoth
I have multiple GMail accounts. After trying it and giving up several times, I now exclusively use Mail.

Essentially I stopped replicating GMail behaviors in Mail, which does the trick for me. I don't care about labels and archiving anymore, which I used to consider must-haves. I can get everything done with flags, rules and search. Mail is not perfect, but its super-fast.
James Bond
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James Bond Entrepreneur
CTO at SupplyBetter
What are your main reasons for preferring a native desktop email client, vs. web-based? And are there specific things you don't like about GMail? Not that I'm a fanboy -- it actually took me a while to get used to it. But at this point, the advantages outweigh the disadvantages, for me.
Ryan Jackson
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Ryan Jackson Entrepreneur • Advisor
Founder at Paid
Great question. I actually am quite accustomed to the web-interface, but the problem is I have five tabs open for five separate accounts. That alone makes it ridiculously hard to reach "inbox 0" simply because I can't see everything at once.
Armando Carrasco
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Armando Carrasco Entrepreneur
Software Architect and Developer
I recommend Thunderbird, one of the best mail clients for Mac:

https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/
George Song
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George Song Entrepreneur
UX Designer and Web App Developer
Mail.app + MailActOn <http://www.indev.ca/MailActOn.html> = winning combo.
Ryan Berryman
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Ryan Berryman Entrepreneur
Founder, CEO at Oakmore Labs
I agree with George -- I use Mail + MailActOn + MailTags (also by indev.ca)
Jesse Silver
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Jesse Silver Entrepreneur
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I'm a bigproponentof Sparrow, especially if you use Gmail and/or Google Apps to power your mail server. I actually started with Sparrow using their iOS app, which I couldn't get into (the UI is excellent, but I couldn't get past the latency issues with using a 3rd party mail app on the iPhone) and quickly went back to using Mail. However, in using the mobile app, I discovered their desktop solution and haven't looked back since.
David Matousek
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David Matousek Entrepreneur
Director, Mobile Development Manager at John Hancock Financial Services

I have found that Mail has worked the best for me...I have tried Thunderbird and Sparrow. I feel that I have had very few syncing issues among my work computer,home computer, iphone, and ipad.

Joanan Hernandez
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Joanan Hernandez Entrepreneur
CEO & Founder at Mollejuo
Hello,

Mail is a very good program. However in my case (like many of you) I have several e-mail accounts from several domains. Under those circumstances I consider a local mail client more efficient. Personally I prefer and use Microsoft Outlook, which comes bundled with Office.

Before any of you guys jump to say you have to pay for it, since my company is a member of the Microsoft BizSpark program, I get Office (and many more Microsoft perks) for free.

Cheers,
Joanan
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