Mac e-mail showdown: Which program delivers?

Our reviewer weighs the pros and cons of Mail, Entourage and Thunderbird to see which one gets his stamp of approval

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Thunderbird can ask the recipient to acknowledge receipt of a message.
Thunderbird can ask the recipient to acknowledge receipt of a message. (Click image to see larger view.)

Entourage can compress attachments (in StuffIt format) within the program; to send a compressed attachment with Mail or Thunderbird, you have to create the archive first.

If you have iChat running and receive e-mail from an online iChat buddy, Mail allows you to reply via chat rather than composing a normal e-mail reply.

Creating and sending messages winner: Toss-up There's no clear winner here, but Mail and Entourage have a slight edge with their ability to resend and redirect messages.

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