If you’ve been looking for a light desktop email application I’d give EmailTray a high recommendation. This isn’t something that is designed to replace those full-fledged programs such as Outlook or Thunderbird, but when it comes to a simple mail manager and notifier it does quite well. Plus this will monitor multiple webmail accounts, POP or IMAP, for free.
Looking at the screenshot above you can probably tell that EmailTray does its best to categorize the emails you receive based on what it thinks are important. This reminds me of Gmail’s Priority Inbox, but the nice thing is that it all works locally on your machine. There is no information being sent to their servers, which I’m sure makes users feel more comfortable trying it out. Having used this app for a few weeks I’d say that it does a decent job of assigning priorities, and in the event it gets something wrong you can always manually change the priority of a particular email.
Here are some of the features they highlight:
- Monitors all email accounts, including those based on Webmail, POP3 and IMAP.
- View and reply to messages.
- Analyzes your read/respond/delete/forward actions, as well as interconnections between email senders, to rank incoming emails by importance.
- Get notified about new important emails with a pop-up ticker and sound.
- Scans the Spam boxes of all your accounts (webmail and Outlook) to recover important messages mistakenly trapped by spam filters.
- Never sends the subject lines nor texts of your emails to its servers. Our smart algorithm will help analyze your email behavior locally on your computer.
It should be noted that in the settings you can configure how notifications work, and whether you only get prompted for one or all of the priority levels. Also, the most frequently you can have it check for new mail is every 5-minutes, which is something that may disappoint those of you that prefer that 1-minute interval that some other apps offer.
EmailTray Homepage (Windows only; Freeware)