Mozilla launches Messaging subsidiary

The Mozilla Foundation announced today that its Mozilla Messaging mail subsidiary has begun operations. The initial focus will be on the development of Thunderbird 3 which the company said will deliver significant improvements including integrated calendaring, better search and enhancements to the overall user experience.

Thunderbird is a free open source email application used by millions around the world and is built using the same open source development model as the Firefox web browser. Mozilla Messaging is staffed by a small product development team which will work as part of a community of contributors from around the world. "We are excited to renew the focus of our open source community on the future of Thunderbird," said David Ascher, chief executive at Mozilla Messaging.

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I like Thunderbird; it's a damn fine email program, but honestly, with the advances that Microsoft, Yahoo!, and Google are making with their web-based email apps, I am fast-losing any advantages or need for a desktop email client. I gave up my desktop client over 10 months ago and use Gmail exclusively now, even for my business mail.

Since I'm often in one of 3 places (work, school, home) or on one of many different computers (5 at home, 2 at work, and any number at school), being able to access my email on any of those is a great advantage.

So just use gmail and load TB on all your computers using IMAP. Then you can use TB everywhere and have the same email in all locations and if you are on a friends computer just use gmail's web interface. I personally run my own server with it's own web interface that kills all the free email services. I use TB via IMAP on all my computers and the web interface everywhere else. All are in sync and looking at the same data.

Why is IMAP such an after thought? I don't get it.

(ermax said @ #3.1)
So just use gmail and load TB on all your computers using IMAP. Then you can use TB everywhere and have the same email in all locations and if you are on a friends computer just use gmail's web interface. I personally run my own server with it's own web interface that kills all the free email services. I use TB via IMAP on all my computers and the web interface everywhere else. All are in sync and looking at the same data.

Why is IMAP such an after thought? I don't get it.

problem is he wouldn't be able to access those already downloaded messages...

(Mad_Griffith said @ #3.2)

problem is he wouldn't be able to access those already downloaded messages...

You are aware that IMAP leaves copies of messages on the server, yes?

(ermax said @ #1)
So just use gmail and load TB on all your computers using IMAP. Then you can use TB everywhere and have the same email in all locations and if you are on a friends computer just use gmail's web interface. I personally run my own server with it's own web interface that kills all the free email services. I use TB via IMAP on all my computers and the web interface everywhere else. All are in sync and looking at the same data.

Agreed. Although I still use the web interface for GMail (I find it to do the job extremely well), my other email accounts are all IMAP using Thunderbird - it just makes everything so much simpler (and saves on bandwidth for large emails you know you don't want to download).

We use it to manage all of our email at home. We get several accounts with our FiOS so having a program that allows us to access all of the email at the same time is very useful. Any updates that are made to TB are very welcome and my wife will be looking forward to the integrated calendar.

Thunderbird really needs to do something if it really wants to compete with Outlook. IMO Outlook is the only program for which there's not a good Open Source alternative.

And i'm just talking about the client, forget about the Outlook/Exchange Server combination

If this version still won't support Hotmail/Windows Live Mail, it's still useless to me. I've used the different plug-ins and whatnot to get Hotmail to work with Thunderbird, but the results have been less than satisfactory to me. I'd rather just use Windows Live Mail or Outlook and set up all of my accounts there.

not sure why mozila team has such a hard time figuring out what most people need in a email client

thunderbird is still so behind outlook express that i have my doubts that that product will catch up in the next years

all they would have to do is copy the simple and well knows-to-work design concept of outlook express, and then fix then make security and optional features ... just like they did with firefox

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