Mozilla hatches Thunderbird 3 release candidate
Almost out of the nest
Thunderbird 3 is nearly ready to leave the nest.
Mozilla Messaging on Wednesday conjured up the first release candidate for version 3.0 of their popular open source email and news client.
What's that mean to you, the reader who doesn't like plunking fledgling code on their system? Only that portentous feeling that the final product is nigh. For braver souls, the Mozilla team specifically wants testing and feedback on the software's new search tools, tabbed email, message archiving, new mail account setup wizard, and improvements for developers.
Thunderbird 3 is based on the Gecko 18.104.22.168 platform and includes what Mozilla calls some "major re-architecting" for improved performance, stability, and web compatibility. New toys in Thunder B3 include search with advanced filtering tools and auto-complete, tabbed email messages, a redesigned mail toolbar, smart folders, an improved address book, and a new add-ons manager. A more exhaustive list of new features can be found in the release notes - and you can also find known issues with RC1 there too.
Thunderbird 3 RC1 can be downloaded here for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. But note that version 3 no longer supports Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, or Max OS X versions prior to 10.4 Tiger.
A final release date for Thunderbird 3 has yet to be announced. Mozilla may pump out more release candidates if there's any trouble afoot. And of course, don't install RC1 on any production environments or evil spirits may haunt your IT network. ®
I'm still using it only for two reasons
Option to display message as plain text (which I always activate) allowing me to concentrate on the content (i.e stripping flashy formatting), especially when it is what we call "gray-list spam" and the possibility to view the message in its source (raw) form including all headers and HTML tags etc. without opening the message, extremely useful in avoiding dangerous spam. Add as a bonus, a good Bayesian spam filter and you can survive with its modest graphical user interface.
If I still have the first two options in the new version I'll just stay with TB for another decade.
A new Thunderbird
A red space ship - to replace a green transport craft.
Thunderbirds are (see icon)
Uh - "tabbed email" is old news
There have been email clients around for ages that do "tabbed email". For example, Eudora has had that feature for, I would guess, a good 10+ years now.