Evolution is an open source project that provides users with a complex graphical application that integrates email, calendaring and address book functionality. It is the default email client of the GNOME desktop environment.
With Evolution you should have no fear of any viruses or worms when reading your emails, as the software provides a high-level security and encryption protocol, as well as junk filtering functionality.
A complex application that includes several useful components
The application is very complex and it comprises of several components, such as Evolution Data Server, Evolution EWS and Evolution Mapi. The last two are optional, but required if you want to add support for Exchange Web Services or many other mailer features.
The email component of the application is very sophisticated, providing advanced email searching, ability to organize and sort email by folders or labels, user-defined filters, support for multiple accounts, delete, expunge and undelete emails, as well as the ability to handle spam and junk email.
In addition, the application supports sending and receiving of encrypted email, read receipts, and the ability to add attachments to emails, spell check the text of new emails, and to format emails in plain text or HTML.
The calendar part of the program provides users with support for web calendars, customized reminders, multiple calendar views, iCalendar support, support for to-do lists, LDAP compatibility, and the ability to share vCards.
Additionally, you can add, edit and delete appointments, change the calendar layout, add reminders for appointments, sort and organize calendars, as well as to send email invitations for appointments to the contacts in your address book.
Besides the ability to add, remove or edit contacts, the address book component allows users to sort, organize and group contacts. It can also autocomplete mail recipients based on the email addresses and names entered in the mail composer.
As mentioned before, Evolution is a very complex application that has been originally developed by Novell for their SUSE Enterprise Linux operating system. It one of the most powerful email clients of Linux.