Mozilla, Thunderbird Facing Trial Separation

Mozilla may separate from Thunderbird, its stand-alone e-mail client, the company's CEO has disclosed. In a posting to her blog Wednesday, CEO Mitchell Baker said that Mozilla's first priority is, and will continue to be, its open-source browser, Firefox. "As a result, Mozilla doesn't focus on Thunderbird as much as we do browsing and Firefox and we don't expect this to change in the foreseeable future," said Baker.

Thunderbird's community, which includes a large number of unpaid programmers, should be cut loose "to determine its own destiny," she said. The e-mail app, which was just updated to version last week, is Mozilla's answer to Microsoft Outlook and Entourage, and other stand-alone e-mailers such as Mail, which is bundled with Mac OS X. Like Firefox, it's free to download, and comes in editions for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.

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I just bloody swapped from Outlook 2007 to Thunderbird and now they are dropping it??? FFS just my luck!!! Is this a definite thing? should I go back to Outlook? some one give me some advice, please

And to add to that...

Mozilla may separate from Thunderbird

Even if they do drop it, sounds like it'll still be out there to be built upon and downloaded, just not under the watchful eye of Mozilla.

You know there's firefox 3 and 4? Problem is that like firefox 2, alot more crap in it, making it more heavyweigth, memory hugger. They should try to fix memory leak everyone talk about since 1.0. Just open a webpage like and come back 3 day later, omg 200megs ram used!

I like firefox for all the add-on you can use, but now it's beginning to be slower then IE7 and that's not a good point. Should get back to nothing include and download all add-on you want like in the beginning, I liked when I was launching Firefox, it was right now launch and used less then 10megs of ram.

As for tbird vs outlook, I prefer outlook for 2 main reason: sync with my ppc and can use webmail based (gmail, hotmail and stuff like that, not pop email). I know there is program to be able to get email from hotmail to tbird, but it's simply taking all email from folder you asked and transfer via pop mail, not the samething as seeing all folder right away. I must admit I found outlook slow though. I don't remember for tbird in the other hands.

Leaving Tbird, might not be the best thing but I do prefer they concentrate on firefox, if they can make it lighter like it was back in the beginning and fix those memory leak problem.

Nodiaque said,
As for tbird vs outlook, I prefer outlook for 2 main reason: [...] can use webmail based (gmail, hotmail and stuff like that, not pop email).

Getting Gmail in your mail client is via POP3.

I use Thunderbird and home and Outlook at work. Outlook is great at work because I use the reminders, calendar, et al it provides. Home I don't use these features as much, so Thunderbird is perfect for just general mail access.

On the other hand, I tried Windows Live Mail and was very, very close to switching.

Drop Thunderbird are you kidding? Mozilla needs to devote less enegery to Firefox (after Firefox 3.0) and more to Thunderbird and Sunbird and many others.

They need to work on the other seperated-but-improved components of the Mozilla suite like the calendar and compozer programs!

I'm an OS X Mail user myself, but that's because Mozilla apps on OS X aren't the greatest. If I was on Linux or Windows, I'd be using Thunderbird.

I have always been a fan and an advocate of Thunderbird, but lately I've been using webmail more and more and simply haven't bothered with it.

Shame to see it go, if it does, because it's a great program.

Radish™ said,
Love Thunderbird, Outlook has too many features and Outlook Express is bland.

I hope Mozilla's view changes.


I assume you use TB for personal use?

Thunderbird with the Lightning addition and the Provider for Google Calendar addition are extremely powerful and flexible. I get all the benefits of Outlook with it's calendar feature, with the added benefit of being able to access that calendar from anywhere on any computer.

This news about the possible spin-off of Thunderbird is troubling, because I've grown to really enjoy working with it. I switched from using Outlook and have not missed that bloatware one bit.

I make use of the 'Identities' option in Thunderbird. Something that OE lacks. AFAIK something Outlook also lacks. Certainly 2003 and below.

I know it's free and open source and I appreciate Thunderbird.

I sometimes use FireFox.

I think however that the programmers (unpaid) should get some payment of some kind.

It's gone from small group to a company, that can't be good news.