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Developer(s) Mailbird
Initial release April 1, 2013; 2 years ago (2013-04-01)
Stable release 2.1.12 / August 10, 2015; 21 days ago (2015-08-10)
Development status Active
Written in WPF and C#
Operating system Windows 7 and later
Platform .NET Framework
Type Email client
License Freemium
Standard(s) IMAP, POP3, MAPI

Mailbird is a desktop email client for Windows 7, 8 and 10, inspired by the Sparrow email client for OS X.[1][2]

It was awarded Best Windows Email Software Program in 2015, and 2014 by IT World[3] and in 2013 by PC World[4] 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.[5] The company headquarters is based in the Livit Tech Startup Ecosystem in Bali, Indonesia.[5] In March 2015, Mailbird launched version 2.0, with new features such as Email Snooze, Video Meetings and Speed Reader, and also added integrations for Facebook, WhatsApp, Veeting Rooms and more.[3]

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]

Version 1.0[edit]

On January 27, 2014, Mailbird 1.0 was released to the public.[6]

Version 2.0[edit]

On March 17, 2015, Mailbird 2.0 was released to the public.[3]

Awards & Recognition[edit]

  • Best Free Email Client for Windows in May 2013 by PC World.[2]
  • Best Free Email Client for Windows in January 27, 2014 by IT World.[6]
  • Best Free Email Client for Windows in March 2015 by IT World.[3]


  1. ^ a b 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. ^ a b c d Mombrea, Matthew (2015-03-17). "Mailbird 2.0 - Still the best Email client for Windows and Gmail". IT World. 
  4. ^ Paul, Ian (2013-05-27). "Best free stuff, 2013 edition: The productive businessperson". PC World. 
  5. ^ a b Ingraham, Nathan (2013-04-01). "Mailbird, A Sparrow-Like Client For Windows, Is Making Email A Platform, Not Just An Application". TechCrunch. 
  6. ^ a b Mombrea, Matthew (2014-01-27). "Mailbird - The best email client for Windows + Gmail". IT World. 

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