THE OPEN SOURCE email client software Thunderbird is getting a new rendering engine based on Gecko 2.0.
Mozilla Messaging has announced the first details of Thunderbird 3.3 and they appear to move it closer to the technology behind Firefox 4.0.
Thunderchicken is seen as an alternative to Microsoft's Outlook and is doing rather well for something that is free.
Mozilla thinks that Gecko 2.0 will bring improvements in terms of stability, compatibility, performance and security for the display of web content.
Other new features in Thunderbird 3.3 include a revised extension manager, 64-bit support in Mac OS X 10.6 and performance and stability improvements.
Thunderbird 3.3 will fix more than 200 bugs that were found in earlier versions of the software.
You can play with the Thunderbird 3.3 Alpha version by downloading it here. The software is expected to be ready for commercial distribution early next year. µ
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