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Mailbird Logo.png
Mailbird Screenshot.jpg
Mailbird is available in a collapsed and expanded view, and uses a minimalistic design.
Developer(s) Mailbird
Initial release April 1, 2013; 20 months ago (2013-04-01)
Stable release / November 6, 2014; 42 days ago (2014-11-06)
Development status Active
Written in WPF and C#
Operating system Windows XP and later
Platform .NET Framework
Type Email client
License Freemium
Standard(s) IMAP

Mailbird is a desktop email client for Windows XP and later, inspired by the Sparrow email client for OS X.[1][2]

It was awarded Best Windows Email Software Program 2013 by PC World[3] and the email software program differentiates itself from other email clients like Thunderbird, Outlook and Windows Live Mail especially by having a simple design, focusing on speed and offering a platform for email productivity, by allowing other developers to develop applications for the Mailbird open-source app community and platform.[4] The company headquarters is based in the Contenga Incubator in Bali, Indonesia.[4] After a nine-month pre-beta period, Mailbird opened its beta to the public on April 1, 2013.[1]

The main application window of Mailbird, with a left sidebar menu for navigation, a list of conversations in the center, and a list of the messages in the selected conversation to the right

Company Formation & Growth[edit]


The first version of the Mailbird email software program was created in January 2012 by Danish Co-Founders and serial entrepreneurs Michael Olsen & Michael Bodekaer. The main reason for creating Mailbird came from their frustration with other current email clients like Postbox and Thunderbird, which were too slow and had a cluttered non-intuitive user interface in their view. Bodekaer and Olsen wanted to innovate the email experience, and create a better email software program which would address these challenges in other email clients. After receiving very positive feedback and pre-beta signups, they decided to found the company under the name of Mailbird and assemble a team in February & March 2012.

Private Beta[edit]

In January 2013, Mailbird opened their beta to the public on an invite-only basis.

Public Beta[edit]

On April 1, 2013, Mailbird Beta was released to the public.[1]

Awards & Recognition[edit]

  • Productivity award at the Sparxup Startup 2012 event in September 2012 while still in private beta.[5]
  • Nordic Startup Awards' People's Choice Award in November 2012.
  • Best Free Email Client for Windows in May 2013 by PC World.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Ingraham, Nathan (2013-04-01). "Mailbird is a fast, lightweight, Sparrow-inspired Gmail app for Windows users". The Verge. 
  2. ^ a b Ingraham, Nathan (2013-03-27). "Mailbird Is Like Sparrow for Windows (and We’ve Got Invites)". Lifehacker. 
  3. ^ Paul, Ian (2013-05-27). "Best free stuff, 2013 edition: The productive businessperson". PC World. 
  4. ^ a b Ingraham, Nathan (2013-04-01). "Mailbird, A Sparrow-Like Client For Windows, Is Making Email A Platform, Not Just An Application". TechCrunch. 
  5. ^ Lukman, Enricko (2012-10-01). "Here Are the Winners of Sparxup 2012". Tech in Asia. 

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