Email POP Client

Hi Experts.   I have a lot of POP mail users that I would like to move to a free email client instead of Outlook.  However I will also need to backup their mail on a daily basis.  Does anyone know of a free POP client where the mail is in a separate database or file that can be backed up?  If this is not possible, perhaps there is a cheaper mail client that that doesn't need a server connection that would fit the bill?   Thanks for the help
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I don't really understand.

Outlook is an email client for a Workstation when used as a POP3 client. It is part of Office and if Office is being used, Outlook is essentially free.

You can use Thunderbird as an email client and it works, but Outlook is better in my opinion.

So then either one must hook up to a server to get mail. So why do you think an email client does not need a server?  

There are several free and low cost email servers that support POP3 and IMAP.
Windows Live Mail is free and keeps emails as individual files that can be easily backed up.
PNRTAuthor Commented:
Thanks CompProb

Live Mail is similar to what I'm looking for and is free, but its also quite busy - it has newsgroups and feeds and Essentials also downloads Helpers and other MS stuff, even when only Mail is chosen from Essentials setup.  I'm trying to get my users down to a simple client without any frills - but where I can backup of course,

Do you perhaps know of other clients that might be suitable  

Thanks again for you reply.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I have Windows Live Mail on one machine and it is prone to problems. Not bad overall.

Did you look at Thunderbird?
PNRTAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the reply.  I've heard that about Live.  Yes I did look at Thunderbird, but couldn't figure out if the files/database was saveable.   Also has a lot of extras and was hoping for something really simple with as little frills as possible.   Oh for the old days of Outlook Express!!!
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You can save the Thunderbird database.

If you are willing to set up Outlook, you can hide the calendar panels and the ribbon and get to a very simple interface. Simpler even, than Outlook Express. But you get all the value of Outlook.
PNRTAuthor Commented:
Thank you.  Great to know I can save Thunderbird.   Did you mean setting up Live?  I'm trying to get away from Outlook
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Here is a Mozilla FAQ for moving Thunderbird emails (so backing them up). There is an option for manual moves.

To answer your question, setting up Outlook is a matter of views. I know, however, you want to get away from Outlook.

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PNRTAuthor Commented:
Thank you
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@PNRT  - You are very welcome and I was happy to help.
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