We're getting flooded with more and more email, but the tools used to read messages haven't matured much in recent years, says Wall Street Journal tech writer Katherine Boehret. A new program called Postbox, from the same developers behind the Firefox web browser, aims to change that—it features real-time search, tabbed browsing, and smarter handling of attachments. Postbox has "terrific features," she writes, but "it can be hard to suddenly see your email in a different way."
Postbox also features impressive integration with Facebook and Twitter; not only can you update your status without leaving the program, but Postbox will also try to extract photos from your social network that match your email contacts. Yet unlike Mozilla Firefox, Postbox will cost you: It's $40 after a free one-month trial, although that price allows you to use the program on multiple computers. It may be a difficult switch for Outlook-heads, Boehret says, but it "shines a unique light on email and the way we work with it. Postbox is a winner."