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Mozilla Launches Thunderbird 3

Gordon Kelly


Mozilla Launches Thunderbird 3

It may sound more like the beginning to a children's puppet show, but after more than two years Mozilla has launched Thunderbird 3. Surprisingly little fuss has been made about the new arrival with Mozilla yet to issue any kind of press release, but a swanky new Thunderbird homepage does tell us everything we need to know.

Perhaps key most is the addition of tabbed email. Yep, just like your web browser, Thunderbird can create tabs for easier navigation. This allows users to keep multiple emails open at once for easy access - a handy trick since we often refer back to one of two emails repeatedly (the ones with 'those' links).

On top of this Thunderbird 3 runs add-ons just like Firefox so if you want to add/subtract/customise the client's functionality you can until your heart's content. Meanwhile the initial setup has been simplified dramatically with more email providers supported by default so you simply need to enter your name, email address and password in the majority of cases to get up and running. Finally search gets an overhaul with filtering and timeline tools and results stored in a tab for easy reference.

As always, Thunderbird is completely free and a wholly credible alternative to Microsoft Outlook and weighs in at just 6.4MB. If you haven't been fully swayed to web-based email (I have) then this is the route to go down...


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December 10, 2009, 2:49 pm

Personally I like using a machine based mail client to access my web-mail services - with Outlook on my laptop (although I'm thinking of using Thunderbird) to access Hotmail, GMail and Yahoo Mail. However I leave all the messages on the web so that I can access them from elsewhere as well when required. I also use my mobile (N95 8GB with Nokia Messenger) when I'm otherwise without access.


December 10, 2009, 9:17 pm

This version is really good! I don't know anything about e-mail and how it works, but I configurated my 6 different adresses in 2 minutes! it looks nice, is easy and just.... wow B) (PS: I use a Mac.)



December 11, 2009, 3:22 am

That's 8.4Mb according to the d/l I just completed.

Ben H

December 11, 2009, 4:07 am

I've been using thunderbird for a couple of years and would recommend it. It compares well against the likes of outlook but is free; it didn't take me long to become an outlook convert. I'm looking forward to v.3 (anyone know if there is a 64 bit version - not that it would probably make much difference - the 32 bit version 2 performs well under Windows 7 64 bit?) Looking forward to the improved archive handling as well - as I'm a bit of a horder!


December 11, 2009, 5:29 am

I upgraded from v2 to v3 on Mac, and after that none of my accounts would receive mail, which was strange.


December 11, 2009, 4:10 pm

This has to be one of the easiest and best e-mails programs i have used, every thing just works, i would happily recommend it to every one.


December 12, 2009, 7:15 am

@Darfuria - I had the same problem with my Windows based install. Once I 'removed' and then recreated all my mail accounts, it worked fine however. Bit of a chore, but worth doing it even so, I reckon. Haven't scoured the Mozilla forums for a fix, as it all seems functional now.

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