Mozilla Updates Thunderbird E-Mail Client
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.