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.

#16 Nervous about Thunderbird

by sab39

Thursday October 16th, 2003 11:51 AM

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I'm actually still using Mozilla Mail and holding off on switching to Thunderbird. There's not any concrete reason why except for the fact that Mozilla Mail works well for me and (especially with a 0.3 version number) I'm scared that it would be a step backwards in stability and reliability.

Having said all that, I'll be looking closely at this release, mainly because of the promised IMAP speed improvements. One of my biggest gripes with Mozilla Mail is that my many large (multi-thousand message) IMAP folders take forever to open, and I can't do anything (mail-related) in the meantime without interrupting that process and having to start over.

Question for people who've switched from Mozilla Mail to Thunderbird - is it fully as stable and as featureful? Any gotchas that I should watch out for? Should I take the plunge?