I'd like to be able to configure Thunderbird to only retrieve messages from an IMAP server at specific times of the day - 9am, 11am, 2pm and 4pm. I'd like the sending of emails to be possible at all times, however.

Is there a native setting in Thunderbird that allows this, or an addon that adds this functionality?

If this isn't possible, are there alternative email clients available for Windows 7 and 8 that allow this kind of functionality?


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fetchmail and getmail are command line programs that can retrieve your email so you could run those commands from a scheduled job in your operating system. However on Windows you'll probably need an environment like Cygwin to run them.

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