Mozilla Thunderbird 3.0 Released

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Mozilla ThunderbirdAlthough many people shun email applications for webmail solutions, there are still some of us who prefer the configuration, security, and performance of a decent email client. Microsoft dominates the Windows world with Outlook, Outlook Express and Windows Mail but, if you’re not keen on those products, Mozilla’s Thunderbird could be for you.

Work on Thunderbird started when the Mozilla Suite was abandoned in favor of Firefox. Although it has never achieved the popularity of their browser, Thunderbird is a great email application that deserves more attention.

Thunderbird 3.0 has finally been released. The client is available in 49 languages and offers new features such as:

  • a simplified user interface
  • tabbed email — yes, tabs have migrated from Firefox to Thunderbird
  • easier account set-up
  • a faster and better search tool
  • message archiving
  • smart folders that group inbox views
  • IMAP folder synchronization, so you can access your messages when offline

Perhaps the most useful new feature is the attachment reminder. How many times have you sent or received an email which promised a file that was never attached? The Thunderbird reminder scans your email text for words such as “attached” then prompts you before the message is sent.

Thunderbird is free and available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Download it from getthunderbird.com.

Have you tried Thunderbird 3.0? What did you think? Watch out for a full review coming soon…

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  • Wes Crockett

    I have started using it on my laptop with 2 accounts (Gmail and my companies Zimbra based system)… So far, I like it a lot. I just with that the Zimbra extender for Mac was compatible with Thunderbird… maybe someday.

    Cheers,
    Wes

  • http://www.pcbunk.net XtrEM3

    i’ve been a thunderbird fan for a year or so now…switched over a few people from outlook and they love it. i’ve only spent a few minutes with it, but i’m really liking the new interface

  • petersen

    Having moved from Outlook, I found Thunderbird a more than equal tool apart from the lack of calendar. Having then found Lightning I was all sorted, but it appears that Lightning doesn’t currently work with TB3. As soon as it does, I’m moving over.

    Having installed it for a play before rolling back, it feels different from TB2. A little more sparce maybe, and some of the menus have moved into assumingly more relevant areas (such as the Reply/Forward tools now appear on the email, rather than the main window.

    Overall though, I like it.

  • http://www.cssispoetry.com BlakeAnthony

    Thunderbird, is a GREAT email client. It’s the top of the line stuff. I recommend it over Outlook.

  • Firebrand

    I’ve tried to like Thunderbird but I can’t seem to replicate the Smart Mailbox feature in Apple Mail. I flag important messages and then have a smart mailbox that collects all flagged messages so I can see them all at a glance. If I could do this in Thunderbird I’d make the switch. I like the new tabbed interface and three column view.

  • Stevie D

    I’ve been using Thunderbird 2 for a while, and have been very pleased with it – looking forward to upgrading to v3!

    Perhaps the most useful new feature is the attachment reminder.

    Hurrah! I have been wanting that precise feature for years (and I have made comments on here to that effect – maybe they read them?)

    I flag important messages and then have a smart mailbox that collects all flagged messages so I can see them all at a glance.

    You can ‘star’ messages that you want to action further, and then click on the column header to sort all the starred messages to the top. It’s not exactly the same, but it has the effect of gathering all your highlighted messages together.

  • frustrated upgrading

    Hey, just a word of warning. I have a notebook I thought sure, why not upgrade. That was two days ago.

    Now I am dealing with it re-indexing all the folders, about 12GB of mail (10% of the disk on the box) and it’s just sucking the life out of the box. It was memory limited to begin with (XP w/3GB RAM)….
    Wishing it would end.

  • http://www.colinfrei.com Colin F

    I’ve tried to like Thunderbird but I can’t seem to replicate the Smart Mailbox feature in Apple Mail. I flag important messages and then have a smart mailbox that collects all flagged messages so I can see them all at a glance. If I could do this in Thunderbird I’d make the switch. I like the new tabbed interface and three column view.

    Firebrand, Thunderbird 3 allows exactly that.

  • ATOzTOA

    You can find the installation instructions for Ubuntu at this link…

    Install Thunderbird 3.0 Official Release in Ubuntu

    _ATOzTOA [ http://www.atoztoa.com ]

  • RobbieGoD

    I have been using Thunderbird since just before v2 came out. I just installed v3 and its indexing all of my email now. I can tell right away that it looks much different from v2. Another new toy! woot!

    Did they just add the newsgroup reader too?

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