Bad News For Awesome Open Source Email Client Thunderbird, Mozilla May Fully Stop Committing To Thunderbird Development Future

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I’d used Thunderbird before now, but right now I’m using Apple Mail.  I had made a switch to Apple Mail from Thunderbird for two months or so just to test out how well Apple Mail would fair against Thunderbird.  Why not right?  After all, I love to try out new software anyway!  Anyhow, it turned out that I loved both email clients.  In another word, I don’t mind using Thunderbird or Apple Mail for a long period of time, because either one will totally satisfy my email routine.

In my opinion, Apple Mail is somewhat slower than Thunderbird in retrieving new emails, but it might not be true since I’ve not yet heard of anyone else is complaining of the same thing.  Nonetheless, I think the latest Apple Mail in Mac OS X Lion is aesthetically more pleasing than the latest Thunderbird (i.e., Thunderbird 13.0.1), but not by much since I do like the layout of the latest Thunderbird too.  On the flip side, Thunderbird appears to be more intuitive in term of application functionalities, but you may disagree.  With that being said, Apple Mail isn’t hard to use at all, and it does a really good job at recognizing the remote settings so you can set up email accounts fast.  Such remote settings would be something as IMAP settings.  Let keep this comparison short, I think you will do very well in aggregating email accounts and emails into one email client application with either Thunderbird or Apple Mail (i.e., Apple Mail is for Mac only).

Today, Cnet’s “Mozilla calling it quits on Thunderbird, report says” article suggests that Mozilla may eventually fade out their support for Thunderbird.  The article also suggests that Mozilla is hoping that there will be an open source community with similar technical know-how will step up and take over the development of Thunderbird.  This means Mozilla is planning to cut back resources on improving Thunderbird, and Mozilla hopes that others who may not be as dedicated as Mozilla once was for developing Thunderbird to continue the development of Thunderbird.  Cnet suggests that Mozilla is trying to use their talent resource smarter by transferring the Thunderbird’s talent resource to other projects that Mozilla deems to be more important than Thunderbird.

Personally, I definitely feel sad to see Mozilla may cease their development of Thunderbird.  Nonetheless, I know Thunderbird is an excellent email client which many people have been using to aggregate their emails, and so I have great hope that Thunderbird will be taken under the wings of talented people or group of people — who have the knowledge on how to improve Thunderbird — well into the future.  The worst thing that may happen to Thunderbird is it will be outdated and people will not use it anymore as not that many developers want to improve the original features or develop newer ones for Thunderbird.  Let hope the worst possible scenario will not come too soon for a great email client Thunderbird!


What About Thunderbird?

By now, probably everything good about Thunderbird has been said, but I truly profess still that you need to try out Thunderbird if you are heavily using emails. What is with the plural form of email?  Well, email is plural in a sense that you, he, she, everybody else and me might have more than one email account, and having to open up two to however more browser tabs constantly — just to have the webmail accounts stay dynamically update while you’re on your main browser tab doing what you do — is rather cumbersome and not so elegant.  Sometimes, it’s rather disturbing for some people to see they have so many browser tabs open!  This is why some people think Thunderbird and similar email clients are better for checking emails.

Email clients aren’t there to replace your webmail accounts, because the email clients are there to connect to your webmail accounts and retrieve the emails from the webmail accounts.  The awesome thing about using email clients is that the email clients can retrieve all emails from all webmail accounts so you don’t have to manually sign into each webmail account to check email.  Of course, you have to provide proper credentials of each webmail account for an email client to store (in encrypted form I hope), therefore all you have to do is to provide a master password at the beginning of every email client session (i.e., starting up an email client) so the email client will then automatically go and retrieve emails from all webmail accounts.  Thunderbird works this way!

Anyhow, I like Thunderbird for it’s one of those FREE but yet most reliable open source applications/software I have ever used.  Also, newest yet Thunderbird version which is the version 11.0 has made the process of adding new webmail account easier.  It seems now you don’t really have to remember each webmail account’s POP/IMAP/etc… settings, because Thunderbird only requires your email addresses and passwords.  Behind the scene, the settings obviously would be appropriately set up by Thunderbird wizard for each webmail account.  Thunderbird is also somewhat smart as it allows you to teach it how to seek out junk emails by having you from time to time mark new but spam emails as junk emails; once you have done enough marking of junk emails, you can always go to Tools > Run Junk Mail Controls On Folder to weed out the junk emails on particular email folders that you think somehow Thunderbird might have missed weeding out junk emails from those email folders in the first place (my bet is that you don’t have to do so).

I’m not using the Thunderbird’s Add-ons feature, but I can imagine this might be something that people like — it allows people to customize Thunderbird furthermore.

Thunderbird has ton of features (I’m being lazied to go into each feature in detail), and most users probably don’t even need to configure those features as I believe many useful features within Thunderbird might have been turned on by default.  Nonetheless, some people like me who would want to go into Thunderbird’s Preferences to furthermore customize Thunderbird.  For an example, under Preferences > Security > Anti-Virus, users can check the box which labels as “Allow anti-virus clients to quarantine individual incoming messages.”  I’m sure some of you out there might want to go through Thunderbird’s Preferences in detail and make changes, but for others they just only have to simply use Thunderbird.  So, I have to conclude that Thunderbird might not be a solution for everything email, but it sure is convenient and useful and pleasurable to use.

Update:  Oops, I forgot to tell you that Thunderbird is supporting all major computing platforms.  It supports Linux, Mac, and Windows!

Priority Inbox, Another Awesome Feature Comes To Gmail Users Soon!

Don’t you hate your email’s Inbox greets you with tons of unimportant messages such as spam emails?  It’s an old story, but it’s a prevalent one which you wish there is a simpler solution to it.  The folks at Google is planning to roll out something known as Priority Inbox for Gmail, and this feature attempts to unclutter your Gmail’s Inbox.

You can compare this new feature to the most primitive artificial intelligence!  Why?  Priority Inbox is like an assistant to you as it sorts out the emails it thinks you want to read, and it stuffs the unimportant emails into the everything else category.  Something that you think you should read later, Priority Inbox stuffs such emails into the category where all emails would be starred.  The more you use the Priority Inbox, the more it learns of your behavior in categorizing which email is important.  In a sense, Priority Inbox can only get better at helping you out in sorting the email messages in your Gmail account.

Google says it won’t roll out Priority Inbox for Gmail users till next week!  Google has some more testing to do for the feature needs to be better than now as it rolls out for the mass.  Check out the video below to see what is Priority Inbox in a fun way!