Feeds

Mozilla hatches Thunderbird 3 release candidate

Almost out of the nest

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

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.

Checking the clock, the RC1 comes 15 days later than Mozilla's Thunderbird 3 schedule estimates. We'll forgive them because they say RC1 includes over 100 changes from the previous beta 4 release.

Thunderbird 3 is based on the Gecko 1.9.1.5 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. ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
'Stop dissing Google or quit': OK, I quit, says Code Club co-founder
And now a message from our sponsors: 'STFU or else'
Why has the web gone to hell? Market chaos and HUMAN NATURE
Tim Berners-Lee isn't happy, but we should be
Microsoft boots 1,500 dodgy apps from the Windows Store
DEVELOPERS! DEVELOPERS! DEVELOPERS! Naughty, misleading developers!
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies
You can try turning them off and on again
Uber, Lyft and cutting corners: The true face of the Sharing Economy
Casual labour and tired ideas = not really web-tastic
Linux turns 23 and Linus Torvalds celebrates as only he can
No, not with swearing, but by controlling the release cycle
Scratched PC-dispatch patch patched, hatched in batch rematch
Windows security update fixed after triggering blue screens (and screams) of death
prev story

Whitepapers

Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up distributed data
Eliminating the redundant use of bandwidth and storage capacity and application consolidation in the modern data center.
The essential guide to IT transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIOs automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.