Mozilla Thunderbird 3 Offers Tabbed E-Mail, Filtered Search
Mozilla will introduce a new version of Thunderbird, its open-source e-mail application, in mid-November. Built on the same rendering platform as Firefox 3.1, Thunderbird 3 will include features such as tabbed e-mail, filtered search and a one-click address book.Mozilla will roll out the newest version of its open-source e-mail application, Thunderbird 3, in mid-November. Supposedly, Mozilla made over 2,000 improvements to the platform, although users are most likely to notice its more top-line features such as filtered search and tabbed e-mail. Thunderbird 3, which will be available from this site on its release date, is compatible with Windows, Mac OS X and open-source platforms. As with Firefox 3.1, Thunderbird 3 is built on the Gecko 1.9.1 rendering platform, lending the e-mail platform the same security enhancements and Web Standards support as the Firefox browser. Also on the security front, Thunderbird will notify users of security updates and automate the download and installation process.
Features new in Thunderbird 3 include:
- Tabbed E-Mail: Taking a page from Firefox and other browsers, Thunderbird 3 offers the ability to load e-mails in separate tabs, as opposed to opening new windows, in the process reducing desktop clutter.
- One-Click Address Book: Clicking on the star icon next to incoming messages will send the email sender's data to the address book.
- New Mail Account Setup Wizard: Mozilla has attempted to streamline the setup process by limiting the amount of information that new users will have to input. Instead of requiring that the user input IMAP, SMTP and SSL/TLS (Secure Sockets Layer/Transport Layer Security) settings, Thunderbird 3 will attempt detect those automatically.