Mozilla Thunderbird 3 Review

thunderbird-icon 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.

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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.

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Techie-Buzz Verdict:


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)

Download Thunderbird 3 [Final Version]

Mozilla has finally released the final version of Thunderbird 3 based on the Gecko platform. Thunderbird 3 contains several new features including:

  • New search with Advanced Filtering Tools
  • Autocomplete in Search
  • Enhanced mail account setup wizard
  • A new redesigned mail toolbar
  • Tabbed email messages
  • Smartfolders to combine multiple folders
  • Message summary view
  • New add-ons manager
  • Improved Address book
  • Improved Gmail integration

In addition to that, there are also performance improvements while dealing with IMAP email. That’s a boatload of features isn’t it? Then go ahead and download Thunderbird 3 right away.

Thunderbird 3 is available for Windows, Linux/Ubuntu, Mac OS X and works without problems on .

Download Thunderbird 3

Download Thunderbird 3 Release Candidate 1 (RC1)

All the brave hearts using Thunderbird 2, here is your chance to try out the latest version of Thunderbird. Thunderbird 3 RC1 is now available for downloads.


Thunderbird 3 RC packs in several changes, you can read the list of major changes in Thunderbird 3 in our earlier post.

For those not in the know, Release candidates are polished versions of software, which are made available before the final downloads. You will not see many feature changes between a RC and a final product except for minor bug fixes (or another RC if there are major bug fixes). So if you have been waiting to give Thunderbird 3 a try, go ahead and download it right away.

Download Thunderbird 3 RC1

Thunderbird 3 RC1 Release: Due Next Week

Thunderbird 3 is scheduled to come out of beta next week. Mozilla Messaging has decided to release Thunderbird 3 Release Candidate on Monday next week. This release will mark the end of the beta version and the beginning of Release Candidate of Thunderbird 3. The last release of Thunderbird, was Thunderbird 3, beta 4.

[ For those who do not know, Thunderbird is a e-mail client from Mozilla. Like Firefox, it is free, open source and powered by Firefox. ]

Thunderbird has not been able to succeed in its sphere as much as Mozilla did in the browser market. The new Thunderbird will feature one of the features behind the popularity of Firefox. Thunderbird 3 RC1 will bring add-ons to the client. Initially, add-ons could be written for Thunderbird 2 as well, but this time, Mozilla Messaging promises a better integration. Some new features on offer are:

  • An important add-on that Mozilla Messaging has plans of developing, is one which will check a twitter user and tell you if you can follow that user back, if he/she is following you.
  • An add-on, seemingly is built-in to display calendars from Google and Yahoo calenders. This calendar will be rendered using the built-in Firefox engine, given that Thunderbird is Firefox based.
  • The new version will also feature a new add-on named Lightening, which can be used to provide a calendar and also integrate with web-based calendars from Google and others for creating, managing and accepting event invitations, marking to-do jobs etc.
  • Thunderbird 3 will feature inline search, which will look through the contents of a mail page to search for the query string or keywords and not just the title and tags. Search within folders has also improved. The search result can be filtered with time and place of occurrence of the search result like title, in-text or in tags.
  • The mail can be archived and removed from Inbox like in Gmail.
  • A new tabbed interface.

This list is only an overview. I will be able to provide more information once the RC is available on Monday. This marks the beginning of a new range of developers- Thunderbird add-on developers. The new features sure sound promising and will help increase Thunderbird’s appeal to more users.

Download Thunderbird 2

Mozilla has just released a new version of their desktop email client Thunderbird 2. Thunderbird is a Free replacement for paid desktop email clients like .

Thunderbird 2 includes several new features to help you manage your inbox. As you receive email, Thunderbird 2 will help you organize the most important messages to get you through your day.

Continue reading Download Thunderbird 2 for IE, Flock Beta 1.2 with Digg Support and Thunderbird 3.0 alpha codename Shredder

Well its been quite a busy day and there were many interesting new things released today, here is the roundup of all the popular software news and releases that happened today.

Yahoo released a new version of the add-on for Internet Explorer

The new add-on brings on the same experience which Firefox users with the extension to Internet Explorer.

New Features for Internet add-on includes;

  • Near instantaneous searching with very large accounts (over 10K bookmarks)
  • Full sidebar and toolbar implementation with bookmark sync and typedown search
  • Toolbar indicators for new network activity and links for you
  • Works on IE6, IE7, and IE8 beta on both XP and Vista

Download add-on for Internet Explorer.

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