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!

Source:  http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57467973-93/mozilla-calling-it-quits-on-thunderbird-report-says/

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!