Thursday, 3 November 2016

A quick look at Opera mail

The other day I was swapping over my email hosting provider, instead of having separate mailboxes and accounts I thought I would consolidate my different domains into one single account, then create aliases for the different email addresses that I use.

Great plan I thought, save a bit of money, free up some inboxes have all the mail arrive into one mailbox.

After downloading the Bluemail app, setting it up took roughly 5 minutes, everything was working and syncing across nicely, I could use my aliases without a problem, great, next step was to set the mail accounts up on my laptop.

Now the laptop I use has windows 10 on it and I have been using Outlook since the day it came out way back then, I was quite happy until that very second I remembered that Microsoft in their wisdom had not come up with a good and easy way of using aliases. I cursed a little and had a couple cups of coffee.

Using outlook means that I would need to setup a separate account for each alias or create the IMAP accounts and create a pop only account for sending mail, seems a messy way of doing things, so I decided to look at alternatives.

The one we will talk about today is the new kid on the block, it is made by a company called opera company famed by its browser “opera”.

Opera mail is a free lightweight, customizable mail client, so Opera say.

It had downloaded in an impressive 30 seconds, wow I was raring to go, eager to see what it was like, the setup wizard like most asked for my email address and password first, 5 seconds later I was on the next stage, to my great surprise that was the end of the wizard, it wanted me to enter my details manually.

I entered in my details while muttering under my breath to find out it would not accept it, the server settings is limited, so I scrapped the idea of using a private email address and used my account for sharing my experience with you.
After entering the details manually, it started to sync my emails across, note that there is not any ssl settings, only tls.

The mail syncs fine, it is separated by day and month with the reading pane on the right, though that can be changed to the bottom or just have a list.

The only contacts listed was from the emails, those contacts that I had not sent or received from was not synced, neither is there a calendar, tasks or notes, though you can subscribe to RSS feeds it.

If you are only looking for the most simple and basic of email clients, and you are comfortable setting up the accounts manually then it would be fine for you.

Screenshots of the opera browser are below.

new account wizard Enter your user name and password
server settings Enter your server details manually
main display Standard view with reading pane on the right
list view List view
bottom view Reading pane at the bottom
contacts Contacts window
compose Compose window