Thunderbird 5.0

Thunderbird is a great email client from the same people who brought you the Firefox browser.

Thunderbird gives you IMAP/POP support, a built-in RSS reader, support for HTML mail, powerful quick search, saved search folders, advanced message filtering, message grouping, labels, return receipts, smart address book LDAP address completion, import tools, and the ability to manage multiple e-mail and newsgroup accounts.

  • Tabbed email
  • An Archive feature similar to the one in GMail
  • Lightning fast search
  • Smart folders

Changelog:

  • More responsive and faster to start up and use
  • Thunderbird is based on the new Mozilla Gecko 5 engine
  • New Add-ons Manager
  • Revised account creation wizard to improve email setup
  • New Troubleshooting Information page
  • Tabs can now be reordered and dragged to different windows
  • Attachment sizes now displayed along with attachments
  • Plugins can now be loaded in RSS feeds by default
  • There are several theme fixes for Windows Vista and Windows 7
  • Support for Mac 32/64 bit Universal builds (Thunderbird no longer supports PowerPC on Mac)
  • Over 390 platform fixes that improve speed, performance, stability and security

Download: Thunderbird 5.0 | 13.8 MB (Freeware)
Download: Mirror @ Brothersoft
View: Release Notes | Thunderbird 5.0 Website

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That version made me want to barf. That and when I would go to delete a message from any one of my folders it would ask me if I wanted to compress and then just lock up. So I went back to the old version. My question is, WTF is up with the UI. Ok here is what should happen. They should bring back the Windows Mail Blue Theme. I LOVED that them. but it was only compatible up to version 1.5. God that was one sexy theme. https://addons.mozilla.org/en-...nderbird/addon/winmailblue/

Thunderbird always struck me of coming straight from the 90's. This release doesn't do a great deal to change that perception. The 90's with added glass.

yea the default theme was terrible thanks for the suggestions i switched to silvermel which at least is readable. god dont the Thunderbird devs have windows 7? maybe we need to buy them a copy.

I tend to agree with others that the default theme that ships with version 5 is pretty bad, but I've installed the Nuvola 1.1 theme and it's much better. Hopefully new themes and other extensions will come out very soon that make it even better.

Is it able to seamlessly import messages from Windows Live Mail without the need for buggy addons yet, or does it still fail miserably in that area??

dezzo said,
Is it able to seamlessly import messages from Windows Live Mail without the need for buggy addons yet, or does it still fail miserably in that area??

Well, to be fair, how well does WLM import messages from Thunderbird?

roadwarrior said,

Well, to be fair, how well does WLM import messages from Thunderbird?

I don't care how well WLM can import messages from Thunderbird since that's not what I want to do. I want to ditch WLM, but can't afford to lose my archive of thousands of messages in the process of switching.

I tried to switch to Thunderbird last year, and spent hours trying to import my messages and folders. I had to download addons which didn't work, which said the messages had been imported when they hadn't, etc.

I think Windows Live Mail is the ugliest mail client I've ever seen. And I can remember using Pegasus Mail back in the 90's!

Not only does it look bad, but the Aero extended in the client area doesn't work correctly. In IE9 with the extended Aero you can drag the window about with the glass portion. Thunderbird doesn't let you do that.

Use the Personas 1.6.2 addon and get an opaque theme. Thunderbird will look much better. I recommend the one called F R E S H.

Wait, so they went from 3.1 to 5.0?? Sounds like Microsoft's idea of version numbers (especially with Movie Maker). Then again, Netscape skipped version 5.0 back in the day as well, so I guess there is a little bit of heritage in skipping version numbers there as well.

roadwarrior said,
Wait, so they went from 3.1 to 5.0?? Sounds like Microsoft's idea of version numbers (especially with Movie Maker). Then again, Netscape skipped version 5.0 back in the day as well, so I guess there is a little bit of heritage in skipping version numbers there as well.

They're syncing version number with that of the Gecko rendering engine that it's based on (which is also now synced to Firefox version number)

phendrome said,

Oh damn, it looks really terrible, 5.0 that is. The UI just looks extremely messy with the whole window in Aero.

Here's a screenshot: http://i.imgur.com/E4Erd.png

Why the obsession on how it looks? I mean, it's an email client, not a web browser. At work, I could see living in your email, but I mean for home use, how long are you actually using it, 5 minutes???

briangw said,

Why the obsession on how it looks? I mean, it's an email client, not a web browser. At work, I could see living in your email, but I mean for home use, how long are you actually using it, 5 minutes???


When you have to sit staring at a peice of software for up to an hour a day, 5 (or more) days per week, looks ARE important, no matter how much you protest otherwise.

TCLN Ryster said,

When you have to sit staring at a peice of software for up to an hour a day, 5 (or more) days per week, looks ARE important, no matter how much you protest otherwise.

Hence the reason I said above "if you are at work." However, how many workplaces actually use Thunderbird? At my previous three employements...none.

briangw said,

Hence the reason I said above "if you are at work." However, how many workplaces actually use Thunderbird? At my previous three employements...none.


Where I work, we use Thunderbird. It's not actually that uncommon. The UI is hideous.