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Mozilla Thunderbird Gets Extension Support

Wednesday June 18th, 2003

New Mozilla Thunderbird builds with support for installing extensions have been released. Read Scott MacGregor's Thunderbird Builds forum posting for more details. A page of information about creating extensions has been published and Scott has already released the first official add-on, Offline Support. More extensions are available from Extension Room, which also hosts XUL-based add-ons for other Mozilla products.


#36 Re: Agreed, partially

by asa <asa@mozilla.org>

Friday June 20th, 2003 6:09 PM

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I think too much functionality is currently headed for the extensions tab. I think this has two disadvantages: First, users will initially see a simplistic UI which will likely not fullfill whatever needs they have."

Where's your evidence that users needs will not be fulfilled? If by "users" you mean "most users" then I think you're wrong. If by "users" you mean a handful power or niche users then maybe so. I also don't have any substantial evidence but I think that the number of users who want or need functionality that doesn't exists (or isn't planned) in Firebird and Thunderbird stock builds is probably a small minority.

I happen to be a power user and there aren't any features missing in Firebird (which exists in SeaMonkey) that I require. And how on earth is junk-mail filtering an advanced feature? The people who need it most are the novice users that have no idea how to find or set up a server-side solution.

--Asa