Thunderbird cannot do the reminders and tasks like Outlook.
I use Thunderbird and love it. It is safer than OL or OE. But for what you use it for you need OL.
TB is great for just email. The only thing I use OL for is to get my email from the company Exchange server. I wish they would make TB compatible with things like that. I really hate using OL or OE.
Firefox on the other hand can be used and will help tremendously with security.
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