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Developer(s) Mailbird
Initial release April 1, 2013; 3 years ago (2013-04-01)
Stable release


/ April 5, 2016; 4 months ago (2016-04-05)
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

Mailbird is a desktop email client for Windows 7, 8 and 10,[1] inspired by the Sparrow email client for OS X.[2][3]

It was awarded Best Windows Email Software Program in 2015, and 2014 by IT World[4] and in 2013 by PC World[5] 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.[6] The company headquarters is based in the Livit Tech Startup Ecosystem in Bali, Indonesia.[6] 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.[4][7]


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.

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

On April 1, 2013, Mailbird Beta was released to the public.[2]

On January 27, 2014, Mailbird 1.0 was released to the public.[8]

On March 17, 2015, Mailbird 2.0 was released to the public.[4]

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • Best Free Email Client for Windows in May 2013 by PC World.[3]
  • Best Free Email Client for Windows in January 27, 2014 by IT World.[8]
  • Best Free Email Client for Windows in March 2015 by IT World.[4]


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