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Mozilla Messaging finally splashed Thunderbird 3 onto the interwebs yesterday.

The outfit’s free alternative to Microsoft’s Outlook was made available as a download for Windows, Mac and Linux users on Tuesday. It comes less than a week after Mozilla pushed out a second release candidate version of the email client, in a move to fix a memory-hogging bug in Thunderbird 3.

The latest iteration of Thunderbird comes with a number of much-needed improvements that include IMAP folder synchronisation, filtered search, tabbed email, and an overhaul to the mail client’s message archiving feature.

Mozilla Messaging, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of open source browser maker Mozilla, has additionally given Thunderbird’s setup wizard a makeover to improve the new account setup process.

Mozilla is also bigging up “better integration with Gmail” with the release of Thunderbird 3, which is based on the org’s Gecko 1.9.1 engine.

"Thunderbird 3 continues its history of giving users the most flexibility and control to get through their email faster and have it simply work the way they want it to plus many of the new features take the best of web mail and bring it to the desktop," said Mozilla Messaging boss David Ascher.

Which is kind of an interesting statement, given that Microsoft and Google are increasingly heading in the opposite direction by pushing for more email to be delivered in the cloud.

Mozilla has full release notes here and the client can be downloaded here. ®

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