updated 12:00 pm EDT, Thu April 19, 2007
Thunderbird 2 released
Mozilla today released Thunderbird 2, the latest iteration of its free and open source email client. Thunderbird 2 allows users to easily manage and organize email with tags, advanced folder views, and speedy inbox or message searches. The software also supports customization via add-ons that match individual preferences, according to Mozilla. "Thunderbird 2 has powerful new features and proven security, delivering an improved email experience to users worldwide," said Scott MacGregor of Mozilla. "In Thunderbird 2, we incorporated the proven benefits of tagging to email. Tagging initially gained popularity on blogs, photo and link-sharing sites as an intuitive way to organize online information so users could easily find desired content." Thunderbird 2 is available as a free download for Mac, Linux, and Windows systems in more than 30 languages. The software requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later.
The email application enables users to choose from hundreds of add-ons that optionally integrate professional networking tools, VoIP calling, and shared address books. Thunderbird 2 is built using the same open source development model as Mozilla's Firefox Web browser, which is currently the second most widely-used browser on the market.
Message tagging enables users to organize emails by assigning tags such as 'from mom' or 'weekend projects' to easily track and search for information. A set of default tags offers built-in tagging functionality, but offers support for creating custom tags as well.
Message history provides navigation similar to Web browsing history navigation, allowing users to move backward as well as forward through messages. A find-as-you-type search pane aims to speed up searches within displayed messages alongside a quick search feature, which starts showing results as soon as users begin typing search terms.
Thunderbird 2 also enables users to rerun previously saved searches, and supports integration as well as access to popular Web mail services by entering their usernames and passwords.