CNET Editors' review
Working with multiple e-mail addresses and inboxes often requires a management client. Mozilla Thunderbird for Mac, despite its dated look, performs well as an open-source e-mail manager.
As an open-source project, this program is available as freeware with no restrictions or payments required. Download and installation occurred quickly and without any problems. After initial setup, which prompted us as to whether the program should be the default email client, Mozilla Thunderbird for Mac welcomed us with a well-designed main interface. Aesthetically, the graphics were dated and would have been appropriate for a program several years old, as opposed to a newer application. As freeware, this was not an overall detriment. While there were no dedicated instructions, menus easily walk the user through entering email data for syncing. The application quickly began downloading the existing inbox contents. Buttons for composing emails and other typical functions were well placed and easy to locate. Even with multiple email addresses entered, it was easy to read the messages and determine from which address they originated. The email reading window was also large, an appropriate choice for a manager.
For those looking to manage their email using a client, Mozilla Thunderbird for Mac functions well and provides all expected features.
Mozilla Thunderbird makes e-mailing safer, faster, and easier with such features as intelligent spam filters, a built-in RSS reader, and quick search. Thunderbird was designed to prevent viruses and to stop junk mail. Thunderbird 3 includes tabbed e-mail, new search tools and indexing, smart folders, support for Firefox's Personas, a simplified setup wizard, and robust junk protections that include phishing and spam filters.
What's new in this version: Security fixes
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"Good, but not fully replacing Eudora."
Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 17.0.2
easy to install. works fast.
I'm missing several interesting features of Eudora, still my favorite email client:
- redirecting (extremely useful)
- on server & delete from server
- multiple signatures (add-on doesn't work well)
- very important to me: Thunderbird doesn't allow changing an incoming message (e.g. removing unneeded space, correcting typos)
Moving a message out of in-box should delete it on server: doesn't always work.
Didn'd find anything better yet to replace good old Eudora Mail
""Mac OS X 10.5 is no longer supported""
Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 17.0
Zero 'pros' for anyone with Mac OS X 10.5, obviously.
"Mac OS X 10.5 is no longer supported"
Nice abandonment move, Mr Mozilla. Thanks very little for keeping us out of the loop.
"Sorry, Mozilla - You lost control of the code.."
Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 16.0.2
It works fine with MacOS 10.6.8 - Snow Leopard, those who cannot install it has a problem with their config.
IMAP - e.g. to Gmail works fine.
POP/POP3 to ISP works fine
Lots of Add-ons, including stationary, "Quicktext" that allows fast insertion of standard phrases, variables - such as "Date", "Sender" - had it all worked it would be excellent.
Version 16 supports chat, and replace iChat, Lightening, the calendar software is good.
Version 17 - tested a beta version, is bigger and slower.
It contains numerous bugs, some are related to the interface to the indexing file system, most to silly large meta-database in iSQL with multiple definition of the same things - such as a Deleted message can be read/unread - and a read message, can that also be :new" - makes me wonder if anyone is in charge of design.
The result is an email client that introduce inconsistencies to the extent that it looses data - messages are lost, entire folder of messages gets lost. File a bug report, and you get a confused developer that doubts your issue, and claims "this has been solved in the next release" - and then add on more functionality.
If you need an email client with tons of functionality, numerous chat protocols, gimmicks, bells and whistles, this is perfect. But a code that used to be good, stable and reliable is moving out of control.
"Doesn't matter > still does not work on 10.6.8"
Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 6.0.2
Have used Thunderbird for over a year, but now ???
Dropped Outlook for Thunderbird. After upgrading yesterday to 14.0 > Now back to Outlook. Come on gentlemen - VERY UNSTABLE, would suggest NOT to D/L this until all bugs are fixed. Run mouse over messages and they disappear - Kind of feel like a magician. When I say disappear, I don't mean not available, you just can't see the subject on the top 2 or 3 messages. Then God forbid you page down, it is all screwed up!!! System OS X Leopard Version 10.6.8
Suggest waiting until bugs are fixed!
"Does what it should!"
Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 9.0.1
Works fine on all email accounts I need to access. Sharing Calendar extension a major plus.
Still crashes now and again. Synchronising Tasks should be enabled.
Otherwise it'd be a 5 star rating
Excellent tool to download, organise and Search your emails.
Set-up not for newbies or those too lazy to read instructions!
"under Mac OS 10.7 it's become a pain"
Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 7.0.1
Independent from all Apple OS data gathering
Server time out, slow, chrashes - there must be better software out there.
"BEFORE YOU PUSH AN UPDATE, SEE WHAT VERSION OF OSX!"
Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 6.0.2
None because it won't open in OSX 10.4.11
Thunderbird message said there's an update available. Presuming they know what they're doing, I took it. Now Thunderbird won't open because I'm on OSX 10.4.11. Come one guys even Microsoft checks the O/S version before they do an install / update!
Do NOT download this if you're on OSX 10.4.11 or earlier! If you do, go back to their site and choose Other Languages, find English US, and re-install 3.1.14. Geez!
"6.0 SUCKS wait till bugs are fixes"
Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 6.0
None None None
Only allows me to access 3 of the 7 email accounts I have in thunderbird.
Down grade to the older version until they fix the bugs.
"Crashes a lot and slow"
Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 6.0
It's Thunderbird... sort of.
Gets slow over time
I've loved Thunderbird for Mac for a long time but with this new 6.0 release, it's pretty bad. On the surface it looks like the same old Thunderbird with all my layouts and settings retained... but when you actually start to USE it and receive voicemail mp3 attachments and switch back and forth between folders containing a lot of messages, etc. the stability and speed I come to rely on just isn't there with this new version. The previous version was very fast and almost NEVER crashed on me but so far this one has only been out for a couple weeks and I've had it crash at least 3 times. Unacceptable.