Yeah...I'm not sure if some of you are disagreeing with me or trying to get into a debate or something. I'm not trying to debate here. All I'm saying is this (and I think you guys are saying the same):
Most (and when I say most, I mean like 90% of the people around you) people use webmail for their personal use. Gmail, hotmail, yahoo probably covers 90% of the world. And they access it through the website. Once again, I'm not talking to YOU...I mean MOST people. So please don't counter me with your personal habits, because, well, anyone who is here is likely to be squarely in the computer geek category, and your computing habits are in the extreme minority. I'm in the same boat. I know I'm not the norm.
For these people (MOST people) the only email desktop "client" they deal with is probably their work email, which would be in Outlook, and possibly Thunderbird. but those two probably cover a huge amount (90%) of users. if you are not using Outlook and Thunderbird, you are probably not using email clients. Now, some of these people may access work email from home through a client, so I still consider that your workplace FORCING them to use it. Otherwise they would use the typical webmail.
So, any program not mentioned above (Eudora, Bat, Poco, pegasus, IMAP stuff, etc.) represents a tiny tiny piece of the whole pie, probably an insignificant amount. With such a small market, it's hard to expect these companies to care that deeply about the complaints and stuff. I'm in the same boat, just look at this thread. I have been railing against the Bat. But what are they going to do? I'm probably like one user out of a few thousand.
Email clients are just about dead. I guess I should be thankful that decent ones are even out there. I sure hope I don't have to go webmail for everything in the future.