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 thunderbird.net.

Have you tried Thunderbird 3.0? What did you think?

Craig BucklerCraig Buckler
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Craig is a freelance UK web consultant who built his first page for IE2.0 in 1995. Since that time he's been advocating standards, accessibility, and best-practice HTML5 techniques. He's created enterprise specifications, websites and online applications for companies and organisations including the UK Parliament, the European Parliament, the Department of Energy & Climate Change, Microsoft, and more. He's written more than 1,000 articles for SitePoint and you can find him @craigbuckler.

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