Mozilla Thunderbird 0.3 Released

Wednesday October 15th, 2003

The third release of Mozilla Thunderbird, the standalone mail and newsgroups client, is now available. Thunderbird 0.3 features better attachment handling, performance improvements (particularly for IMAP users), support for placing your signature above the quoted message text if you prefer to top-post, and a new POP account option to remove read messages from the server after x days.

Mozilla Thunderbird is based on Mozilla 1.5 and can be downloaded from the Thunderbird 0.3 directory on The Mozilla Thunderbird 0.3 Release Notes have more details and's new Thunderbird page contains more general information about the program.

#14 More critical

by leafdigital

Thursday October 16th, 2003 5:17 AM

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I don't think anywhere near that many people use webmail, especially more technically-advanced folk who tend to be Mozilla users. Sure, a lot do, but 90%?

I think most Mozilla users don't use Mozilla for mail, but use another program such as Outlook or Outlook Express (or indeed those webmail options). If it was a case of switching from Mozilla mail to Thunderbird then more people would switch, but generally people aren't using either.

Here are some reasons why people aren't as willing to switch to TB as they are FB:

* Mail is much, much more critical. If a web page doesn't load who cares? If a mail program trashes my mailstore I really, really do care. Using a 0.3 web browser is a lot less risky than using a 0.3 mail program.

* Company users may have extra features (such as integrated calendar and group scheduling) that they require in their corporate email system, such as Outlook. If you switch to another mail program on your own (rather than everyone switching), you'll lose those features.

* TB is not as universally good a mail client as Mozilla is a universally good browser. For example, Mozilla/FB lacks very few IE features that anyone cares about. On the other hand, Mozilla's mail/TB lack several Outlook Express features.

* Browsers have a lightweight interface - most of the interface is in the web page itself. In mail programs however, the program provides the interface. This means switching program is more effort as you have to learn a new interface.

* TB is named after an infectious disease. :>

Personally, I don't intend to try TB unless they add the missing features that kept me from using Mozilla's mail program before - they're not features everyone will need, but unless it supports them, I don't personally really want to switch from Outlook Express. I've already set up OE to be secure (including not displaying html email) and I already use SpamAssassin on the server to deal with spam, so the two main advantages of TB mail aren't reasons for me to switch.