Mozilla Drops Thunderbird Development

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Mozilla has officially put its Thunderbird email client out to pasture by dropping development of the app. The organization said that continuing to develop Thunderbird isn’t a priority any more, but is leaving the door open for the developer community to pick up and carry forward the app.

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Thunderbird will be split into two versions: Thunderbird ESR, which will continue to get official security updates from Mozilla, and Thunderbird for the developer community to use and update as they wish.

“Much of Mozilla’s leadership — including that of the Thunderbird team — has come to the conclusion that on-going stability is the most important thing, and that continued innovation in Thunderbird is not a priority for Mozilla’s product efforts,” the group said in a blog post.

There haven’t been any changes to the Thunderbird code since Mozilla’s announcement, so it’s too early to tell if other developers will take the app and run with it. Without official Mozilla support, however, it isn’t likely that the app will gain mainstream support.

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Comments

jbruni

I tried to like Thunderbird, but could not get past the hideous UI. For me, the feature I needed was PGP/MIME support.

webjprgm

I used Thunderbird on Linux machines.  My favorite feature was that it would alert me if I tried to send an email with the word “attached” without remembering to attach the mentioned file.  I also liked Thunderbird for the calendaring plugging (which I think is included by default now?  “Lightning”?).

Ubuntu used to use Evolution mail client.  I see (via google search) that Ubuntu 11.10 was to use Thunderbird.  I wonder what their plans are now.

On a Mac I have no reason to use it of course.

iJack

My favorite feature was that it would alert me if I tried to send an email with the word ?attached? without remembering to attach the mentioned file.  I also liked Thunderbird for the calendaring plugging (which I think is included by default now?  ?Lightning??).

Those are both good features that I use daily.  The ‘attached’ reminder appears the instant you type the word, rather than at send, which is a bit annoying.  I feel compelled to stop typing and find the attachment immediately.  Notwithstanding, I shall continue to use Thunderbird.  Maybe some developers will pick it up and dazzle me.

schwager

What do you folks recommend as a
replacement for Thunderbird?

iJack

I’m going to stick with Thunderbird until I see what other developers come up with.  It’s not like Tbird is going to suddenly stop working, or anything.

But just today, I started tinkering with ‘Postbox’ and it looks promising.  http://www.postbox-inc.com/

SadaboutThunderbird

This news is tragic. I love Thunderbird.
It’s the only email client with instant as-you-type searching of tens of thousands of emails. It’s fast, easy, simple to set up on any platform. A dream to use.
Wny are they giving up on it?

Dbosch

What do you folks recommend as a
replacement for Thunderbird?

Opera Mail 12 - if you manage many email addresses

(no, really. try and you’ll be amazed. it’s database based mail storage architecture goes through emails like Katana through butter. throw at it 20 Imap accounts and you wont even notice lag of any kind. Thunderbird chokes on 5+ email accounts and window live mail makes everything on your computer unresponsive for like 2-3 minutes till it starts)

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