As I continue my advancement into the technological computer world, I will
soon be ridding of my desktop containing Windows XP and Outlook express and
joining the laptop and Windows 8 crowd, I am in search of a newsgroup reader
since Outlook express is no mas for the newer windows versions.
Any suggestions for a good, preferably free, reader, but will consider a low
cost one if free isn't feasible.
I use MozBackup when I move from one computer to another. I don't have
to reset news servers, settings and preferences. If you use a number of
different machines as I do it's perfect for transferring your activities
from one to another. ^_^
Apparently usable but not fully compatible yet, it is free though.
Thunderbird is my news reader and email app of choice but like all
software it has its warts. I also use Firefox as my browser as the
various Windows' offerings over the years never caught on here.
Or Forte Agent for $29:
Used (and still have) an ancient paid for version of Agent but still
prefer Thunderbird which has a more modern UI. Agent kind of reminded me
of using Windows for Workgroups and although they still offer a free
version I always found it was crippled in some fashion. No doubt its
since been modernized but then again Thunderbird is free, highly
configurable, constantly updated and does the job.
Tbird is an excellent cross-platform e-mail client, but
Netscape/Mozilla/Tbird have never been that great for netnews. They've
been better than MS Outhouse Express, but that's not saying a whole
heck of a lot.
Agent is an excellent newsreader for Windows. I've used it since 1994,
and am using v7 now. Gravity is also quite good, and it's free.
I wonder if the OP was forced into getting Windows 8? I've never
actually met anyone who liked it. Everyone I talk to says they're
sticking with Windows 7.
I do too, Ed. A lot of people denigrate OE, but I had been using it for
so long that my finger memory knew how to do *everything* by just
hitting the keyboard.
Oh well, such is life. I'm using Thunderbird now, and getting by well
I use Thunderbird routinely. If you try it and don't like it, give
xananews a try. It's a 2006 creation, but runs on Win XP and Win 7,
free, has a different look and feel than Thunderbird, and does the job.
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