[NetBehaviour] Mozilla: Why Desktop E-Mail Crucifies the Browser.

marc marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Wed Apr 11 12:07:13 CEST 2007

Mozilla: Why Desktop E-Mail Crucifies the Browser.

Scott Gilbertson - Wired.

In an era when applications are moving into the web browser, the maker 
of the world's most popular open-source e-mail client wants you to stay 
on the desktop.

Later this month, Mozilla will release Thunderbird 2, the latest version 
of its cross-platform e-mail application. The current version, 1.5, has 
almost 50 million users worldwide and has been translated into 35 
languages. Built on the same technology as Mozilla's Firefox browser, it 
is loved by many for its advanced filtering features and 
junk-mail-battling tools, an integrated RSS news reader and the ability 
to customize with tons of add-ons.

But with popular web-based e-mail services from Google, Microsoft and 
Yahoo, which just announced that it will offer unlimited storage, the 
need for a desktop e-mail client seems to be fading.

So we asked Scott MacGregor, Thunderbird's lead engineer, why anyone 
needs Thunderbird these days, and he had a pretty good answer. He also 
talked about Mozilla's open-source development model and told us what 
new features to expect when Thunderbird 2 becomes available.


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