Corel WordPerfect Mail is an inexpensive, easy-to-use e-mail client with good spam-filtering, calendaring, and RSS-newsreader tools. Though simple to master, this e-mail app has a few shortcomings, including weak support for the Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP). Other downsides are expensive telephone support and poor integration with Corel's online support site. Then again, WordPerfect Mail, based on Stata Labs' Bloomba e-mail client, offers a simple-to-navigate interface, and it's a bargain compared with the ubiquitous Microsoft Outlook. We think WordPerfect Mail is a good choice for budget-minded small businesses seeking a reliable e-mail client, but it's not compelling enough to woo current Outlook users. Corel sells WordPerfect Mail separately or bundled with its WordPerfect Office 12.0 Small Business Edition suite.
Corel WordPerfect Mail installs in less than five minutes--but expect a longer setup if you're importing messages and contact information from another e-mail client. The handy Import Wizard guides you through the conversion process by transferring e-mail settings and data from major clients such as Outlook 1998, 2000, and; Netscape 4.x and 7.x; as well as recent versions of Eudora. Conversion is quick and convenient but also imperfect. In our tests, for instance, the Import Wizard transferred settings from just one of our pair of Outlook e-mail accounts--despite WordPerfect Mail's support for multiple e-mail accounts. We had to configure our second account manually.
This program's interface is a breeze to master. The left-column Navigation pane lists all folders (Inbox, Spam, Deleted, and so on); the Preview pane displays the contents of a selected message; and the Mail toolbar and the Search bar provide fast access to frequently used features such as Send/Receive, Compose, and Forward. We particularly liked the Calendar Peek in the lower-left corner, which is great for quickly glimpsing your daily appointments. In Microsoft Outlook, by comparison, you have to open the Calendar to view the same information.
WordPerfect Mail's text editor provides all the standard tools for composing e-mail messages, such as spell-checking, e-mail signatures, and font formatting, (bold, italic, numbering, bullets, and so on). Of course, you can insert GIFs, JPEGs, and other images into e-mail and attach other files, too.
Corel WordPerfect Mail has a lot going for it, starting with solid spam-blocking and search tools. It costs only $69--considerably less than the $109 Microsoft Outlook. And Corel's e-mail client has an integrated Really Simple Syndication (RSS) newsreader; Outlook does not, although third-party RSS add-ins such as NewsGator are available.