THE OPEN SOURCE Mozilla Foundation is set to release the first Release Candidate of its email client Thunderbird 3 early next week.
Big cheeses at Mozzarella say that RC 1 of Thunderbird 3 will be available for download as soon as Monday, with the final version expected later in November.
Chief executive David Ascher said that developers are working on fixing the last few bugs in Thunderbird 3 beta 4.
While Thunderbird is very much under the shadow of the Firefox browser, it is a good reliable email client that has a cult following. What Mozilla hopes to do with this release is improve the ability of the software to handle add-ons and the way it works with Firebadger.
One add-on that's already underway is Lightning, which is similar to the Vole's Outlook calendar functions.
Another significant new Thunderchicken feature is an improved search function, which means that it will be possible to get better results when looking for that lost email you sent months ago.
With Thunderbird 3, it returns all results that match a search text, which the previous release could not do.
The new version has a simpler start-up process. It also has an email archive, which means you will be able to store emails so they do not clutter up the Inbox, then search for and find them later.
Mail accounts, folders, and individual messages can show as new tabs rather than new windows, as well. µ
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