Mozilla Updates Thunderbird E-Mail Client

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2004-05-03 Print this article Print

The latest version, in a technology preview, focuses on easing Windows installation, stopping more spam and improving security. As with its standalone Firefox browser, the foundation aims for a full version release later this year.

The Mozilla Foundation on Monday updated its standalone e-mail application, bringing it a step closer to a full release. The open-source software developer announced the availability of its Thunderbird Version 0.6, a release that remains a technology preview but adds a host of enhancements for easing installation, stopping spam and improving security. The release of Thunderbird 0.6, available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, follows Mozillas renaming and updating in February of its standalone Web browser, now called Firefox. Mozilla Thunderbird and Firefox are part of the Mountain View, Calif., foundations plans to focus more development attention on discrete applications, rather than its namesake browser application suite.
Mozilla, which last year became independent of America Online Inc.s Netscape subsidiary, is pushing to launch full, non-preview releases of both Firefox and Thunderbird later this year.
The Mozilla suite itself also is due for an update. The foundation has been working on Mozilla 1.7, which last month went out as a Release Candidate 1 and is likely to be fully released later this month. Read more here about the current application suite release, Mozilla 1.6. The update to Thunderbird features a new installer for Windows, improvements to its spam filters and a visual theme for the Mac OS X to better match that operating systems look and feel. With Version 0.6, the e-mail client adds improved support for IMAP protocol extensions and secure password authentication using a cross-platform implementation of the NTLM (NT LAN Manager) authentication mechanism. Thunderbird 0.6. is available as a free download from the Mozilla Web site or in a CD edition for $5.95. Check out eWEEK.coms Messaging Center at for more on IM and other collaboration technologies. Be sure to add our messaging and collaboration news feed to your RSS newsreader or My Yahoo page:  
Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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