best email client to work with Gmail account

Dear experts,

Do you know what is the best free email client that can synchronizes flawlessly with any Gmail account? I would like to use Thunderbird, but it seems Mozilla stopped its development, so I am looking for a pretty good alternative.

Could you please help me?

Thanks in advance,

Winter
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Rich RumbleConnect With a Mentor Security SamuraiCommented:
Thunderbird is actively developed and patched to this day: http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/
It also works very well with gmail via IMAP: https://support.mozillamessaging.com/en-US/kb/thunderbird-and-gmail
I use it all the time when I want to work on my emails offline (w/o wifi etc). You can also "physically" back up your gmail this way as well.
http://www.webupd8.org/2011/03/how-to-backup-gmail-using-thunderbird.html
-rich
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nickinthoozConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I know you're looking for an alternative, but thunderbird still trumps the competition in my opinion.  You could always use outlook:

http://email.about.com/od/outlooktips/qt/et_get_gmail.htm
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rindiConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I'd still use Thunderbird. As it is practically perfect there isn't anything that could be improved, and addons are still available and maintained.
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Marc ZCommented:
I've found gmail syncs pretty good with gmail.  Although, thunderbird would still be my free alternative if I needed a standalone email client.  What makes you think you require a standalone program?  Is it that you need to download every individual email, or just the fact that you can, if necessary?
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