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Thunderbird 3.0 released

Thunderbird 3.0 released

The full release of Thunderbird 3.0 - two years in the making - brings a host of shiny new features to Mozilla's e-mail client.

Mozilla fans have been enjoying version 3.0 of the foundation's popular Firefox web-browser for some time - long enough, in fact, that the current stable build is version 3.5 - but its e-mail oriented brother, Thunderbird, has long languished at version 2.0.0.x.

Originally, the major version numbers of Firefox and Thunderbird - which are designed to fit together to provide web-browsing, e-mail, RSS, and newsgroup functionality - coincided, but some time ago the more popular Firefox project outstripped Thunderbird and has stormed ahead ever since.

Thankfully, Thunderbird appears to be catching up with the news - reported over on DownloadSquad - that Thunderbird 3.0 has finally received an official release, and brings some neat new toys with it.

Firstly, and most impressively, is the introduction of tabs. Long since a staple of the modern web-browser - heck, even Internet Explorer has tabs these days - Thunderbird's tab support mirrors big brother Firefox's, with the ability to open different views or folders in different tabs and easily switch between, with the software remembering what tabs were open on the last run and presenting them back next time you open Thunderbird up.

This latest release also promises better cross-platform support, with the latest builds of Windows 7 and Mac OS X fully supported - along with improved integration with Google's Gmail service.

Searches have been improved with the introduction of 'filtered searches' and a timeline, along with 'smart folders' - folders which can contain e-mail from multiple accounts. An easy way to archive old e-mail has also been added, along with an improved wizard for setting up new mail accounts.

The full release is available from the MozillaMessaging site now, for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.

Any Thunderbird fans rejoicing to see the project get a much-needed overhaul, or is offline e-mail dead in favour of web-based services like Gmail anyway? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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Hg 9th December 2009, 10:14 Quote
about time, i have reverted back to outlook as i got a beta for office 2010 but i will give this a try later when i get home
DirtyH 9th December 2009, 10:26 Quote
with the recent news of google trying to collect even more data, gmail doesnt look so nice anymore
Icy EyeG 9th December 2009, 11:45 Quote
Finally!!
And is already avaliable as a PortableApp. :D
Igniseus 9th December 2009, 11:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by DirtyH
with the recent news of google trying to collect even more data, gmail doesnt look so nice anymore

Which news do you speak of?
okenobi 9th December 2009, 14:03 Quote
Cool!

Just switched from Outlook 2003 a month ago and so far I'm "making do". Maybe the new one will make me feel better about using it. As for offline mail being dead, there's certainly an argument for that in a personal context. But exchange won't be going anywhere for a while....
ffjason 9th December 2009, 14:44 Quote
Does it support windows live accounts? if not then its going to miss out on a huge market. Windows Live Mail works for me at the moment but I could be persuaded to chance if it supports all of my accounts.
infered101 9th December 2009, 16:15 Quote
Yes it does support LIve Mail Accounts quite easily actually. Ive been using live mail but its beens frustrating as of late. Been using Thunderbird 3 since yesterday and no bigs problems. Its a slight pain to setup unknown pop email accounts though. It tries to auto find settings and just messes things up.
julianmartin 9th December 2009, 19:48 Quote
Indeed, about time too - I was getting a bit bored of of Thunderbird 2 - it was virtually Outlook Express rebaged!
Crunch77 10th December 2009, 09:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by infered101
Yes it does support LIve Mail Accounts quite easily actually. Ive been using live mail but its beens frustrating as of late. Been using Thunderbird 3 since yesterday and no bigs problems. Its a slight pain to setup unknown pop email accounts though. It tries to auto find settings and just messes things up.

Tried Thunderbird a few years ago, and never got Hotmail working, uninstalled it promptly. Maybe time to try it again, if it works now.
Fredrics 10th December 2009, 12:40 Quote
I have been using the thunderbird 3 beta for some time now. It's a great client, search works pretty well - but tabs aren't really used at all except in search.

I do not use thunderbird for it's offline capabilities - I simply use it as it means that I am instantly notified when I get new mail, I don't have to go to a website to see if I have any. Furthermore because I have more than one account it means i don't have to manually log onto each one.
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