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2006 Member Choice [POLL]
Wikipedia's definition of E-mail Client - An e-mail client, also called a mail user agent (MUA), is a computer program that is used to read and send e-mail.
Originally, the MUA was intended to be a simple program to read the user's mail messages, which the mail delivery agent (MDA) in conjunction with the mail transfer agent (MTA) would transfer into a local mailbox.
The most important mailbox formats are mbox and Maildir. These rather simple protocols for locally storing e-mails make import, export and backup of mailfolders quite easy.
E-mails to be sent would be handed over to the MTA, perhaps via an mail submission agent, therefore an MUA would not have to provide any transport-related functions.
Since the various Microsoft Windows versions intended for home use never provided an MTA, most modern MUAs have to support protocols like POP3 and Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) to communicate with a remote MTA located at the e-mail providers machine.
IMAP and the updated IMAP4 are optimized for storage of e-mail on the server, while the POP3 protocol generally assumes that the e-mail is downloaded to the client. The Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) is used by most e-mail clients to send e-mail.
In addition to the fat client e-mail clients, or small MUAs in cooperation with a local MDA/MTA, presented here, there are also Web-based e-mail programs called webmail.
An important standard supported by most e-mail clients is MIME, which is used to send binary file e-mail attachments. Attachments are files that are not part of the e-mail proper, but are sent with the e-mail.
Messaging Application Programming Interface (MAPI) is a proprietary Microsoft Windows application programming interface (API) which can be used to access the Microsoft Exchange e-mail server or to interact with the Microsoft Outlook client.
The public has spoken, and here are the top 4 for the 2006 Member Choice awards.
In first place, with 104 votes, is Outlook.
Coming in second is an Open Source upstart with 97 votes is Thunderbird.
The battle for third and fourth was almost a tie, but squeaking by with just 1 over its competitor, with 76 votes, is Outlook Express.
In fourth place, and quite the surprise among the Member Choices, with a vote of 75, was Web-mail Clients (GMail; Hotmail; Juno/NetZero; Yahoo; InBox; AIM/AOL; etc.).
Rounding out the top ten with their respective vote totals, in 5th place with 13 votes was Other (Please list with link), with 12 votes, The Bat!, in 7th place, with 11 votes, Eudora, in 8th place, with 9 votes, Opera M2, 9th place with 8 votes, Pegasus, and finally in 10th place with 6 votes, Evolution.
With 344 people casting 499 votes, this poll shows that there are 2 things changing. One is that while Microsoft is trying to entice us with "whistles and bells", a lot of folks aren't buying into it. It is evidenced by the popularity of the Open Sourced browser Mozilla Thunderbird. But what is also remarkable is that the Web-Based E-mail clients are rising in popularity as well. While it trailed Outlook Express by one vote, Web-Based Clients have shown to be a dark horse among all contenders.
This is the opinions of the 344 people who cast their votes.
To see more of the poll where you will see the complete results as of 9/7/2006, go here
I'd like to thank to forum hosts for letting me conduct this poll, but most of all, I'd like to thank the members who voted and made their voices heard.