Thunderbird Migration Bugday on Tuesday
Friday August 6th, 2004
Asa Dotzler writes: "The Mozilla Thunderbird e-mail client is swiftly approaching its 1.0 release, currently planned to coincide with Firefox 1.0. In order to ensure that all those happy new Thunderbird users have a great experience migrating, we're holding a special Thunderbird Migration Bonanza party all day long on Tuesday.
"Bring your Outlook, Eudora, Mozilla, Outlook Express, and Communicator e-mail clients with you and join us on IRC for a day of testing the Thunderbird migration features. The goal is to get as many testing migrations performed on as many clients and as many operating systems as possible and to discuss and record all the problems in Bugzilla.
"With your help, we can ensure that mail, account settings, and address books migration and import are all in tip-top shape for the big 1.0 release coming up. I also expect that some of you doing this migration test will see how wonderful Thunderbird is and won't want to go back to your old clients, so please join us on Tuesday on the IRC server irc.mozilla.org, channel #mozillazine for this special BugDay and we'll have a great time getting new users set up and migrated to Thunderbird. For those that aren't ready to make the leap, you can help us with some testing, trash it all when you're done and know that you helped make the Mozilla Firefox/Thunderbird 1.0 release duo the best thing to happen to the Internet in years!"
Honestly, if something is silly, then an argument that so stupidly waves away what innovation is about. Yes, you could probably manage your emails with mutt too. So these features are not "indispensible" in the strict sense. However, once innovation comes to other email clients, TB will look pretty old. Assigning keywords is a much better way to organize emails than the old-fashioned folder approach, simply because emails usually belong to several categories at once. Follow up actions with alarms help to keep track of what you have to DO in response of emails. All this is currently still new and only present in a few programs, but once it gets e.g. into Outlook, noone will want to miss it (actually, assignment of multiple keywords is one of the features possible in outlook that I hear to be missing most often from users who have converted - and I converted a lot of users in a corporate setting). My point is that while TB is a nice "yet another email client" it needs features that provide some additional value to get really successful. I have worked with many different email clients, and TB is one of the truely bare-bones ones. These features are nowhere in sight. You call a pledge for innovation instead of reimplementation silly - I call your lack of vision ridiculous.