Mozilla, the organization behind Firefox and other open source programs, just released version 3.0 of the Thunderbird email client.
They’ve packed quite a few changes into the new version, such as a tabbed interface, a new search tool and a streamlined setup for Gmail and other online mail services.
I’m a long time Gmail user, so switching to a PC client to read my mail instead of viewing it through a web browser is still feeling strange to me. However, the setup process was as simple as providing my login and password. Within 2 or 3 minutes, I was sending and receiving mail with no problems.
The T-bird main interface isn’t anything exciting to look at, and looks like most other email clients at first. However, there are lots of themes available to make it look just how you like it.
The new search interface is almost unbelievable. It’s very fast and it can find anything you’ve ever written once all of your mail is indexed.
The tabs in Thunderbird are a big improvement for those who need to multitask. Opening an email in a tab is as simple as double clicking and right-clicking on a message opens it in a tab in the background. T-bird will also remember what you had open in the tabs when you close the program. The next time you return, the previous mail and searches will still be displayed.
Another thing many people will like is that you’ll be able to use Thunderbird on all of your computers, whether you use Windows, Mac or Linux.
If you enjoy creating nice looking emails, Thunderbird has a good many features to help, fonts of all kinds and tools to insert images, tables, links and HTML code.
The biggest plus in my estimation, is the addon support. There are lots of cool addons for Thunderbird, similar to the addons for Firefox. The first addon that I used allowed me to synchronize my Gmail contacts with T-bird. That certainly saved me time and effort.
The download for Windows is less than 9mb and it installs easily with very few steps.
Download / Main Page for Thunderbird
Mozilla has made several excellent improvements with this version. In many cases, they’ve got a real shot at leaving the other email clients far behind in popularity. If you need an email client, Thunderbird is a winner for many reasons.
Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)