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Despite perceptions to the contrary, the desktop-based e-mail client is not dead. Mozilla Thunderbird 3.0 is a serious reaction to the prevalence of Web mail, so whether you're looking for a strong desktop client, an Outlook replacement, or a powerful tool for managing archives and Web mail offline, Thunderbird can scale to your needs.

Outlook users will notice the speed and responsiveness of the program, which loads quickly, even when weighed down by multiple folders and RSS feeds, and the basic feature set remains intact: good junk mail filters, HTML support, multiple identities, and robust Web mail, POP, IMAP, and Microsoft Exchange server support. Security features include S/MIME, digital signing, message encryption, and a built-in phishing detector. Add-ons, based on the same code as Firefox's add-on network, can enhance your security even further.

Joining such useful features as the back and forward e-mail browsing buttons and customizable tags in version 3.0 are a set of must-have features. The powerful search tool integrates results with desktop searches on Windows Vista and Windows 7, while tabs reinforce the connections between Web browsing and e-mail reading. In fact, the new search tool is so powerful that if you have a massive number of e-mails, you may want to set it to index them overnight lest it drain system resources from other programs. Gmail support especially has been revamped, so you now get an All Mail folder in Thunderbird, among other improvements. Mozilla's new Personas skins work in Thunderbird, while the Lightning add-on supplies the missing Microsoft Exchange-compatible calendar feature.

Flexible, powerful, and lightweight, Thunderbird 3 is an appropriate companion to Firefox in every way.

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2 stars

"master password doesn't work on 3 version w/Win7/home"

April 29, 2012  |  By qquirks

 |  Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 12.0


great idea to have mail on hard drive, except T-bird is still
hard to back up and there's a war between Windows Live mail and
T-bird for control of .eml format. Why has mail become so hard to
back up? Worked well synching with two IMAP gmail accounts, but not when tried to add third POP hotmail.


Master password DOES NOT work on Version 3. set up two gmail accounts
to use master password. Your Thunderbird installation on your hard
drive is not password protected. Just hit cancel every time version
3-latest asks for password and you can still get right into your
Thunderbird installation and any part of what's stored on it, inbox, sent mail, etc., etc. Why go through the exercise of having
mail copies you can't protect on your hard drive? I uninstalled
with Revo and found over a gigabyte of stuff not removed under users/my user name/appdata/roaming after thorough uninstall.
Not a good experience at all for six days of effort.


Don't use master password on latest version or your hard disk installation of your email is not really protected from anyone's view I don't believe.

Updated on Apr 30, 2012

latest version of Thunderbird is 12. Don't use master password.
Anyone can access your email on your hard drive if you do. Maybe
individual passwords would work; I don't know because I just plain uninstalled program at that point.

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1 stars

"User Beware"

April 27, 2012  |  By roberthamilton3

 |  Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 12.0


I used to like this product.


Be very careful.............I like others as I understand, suddenly end up with a completely empty Inbox. Contents cannot be found anywhere. Suggest you peeps steer clear until that little problem is sorted.

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1 stars

"Not for me"

April 27, 2012  |  By flguy67

 |  Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 12.0


I can find nothing that would prompt me to write any "pros".


I do not use Thunderbird email, I'm completely satisfied with the email providers that I use!


Firefox is closing itself out for many of their users by limiting their users to THEIR email. I will go back to IE today!

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 12.0
Version 12.0 includes message extracts in the results of Global Search results, improvements to RSS feed subscription and general feed handling, and supports add-ons that provide different types of local mail storage.
Publisher Mozilla
Publisher web site http://www.mozilla.org/
Release Date April 24, 2012
Date Added April 24, 2012
Version 12.0
Category Communications
Subcategory E-mail Software
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Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/7
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File Size 32.46MB
File Name Thunderbird Setup 38.3.0.exe
Total Downloads 1,761,362
Downloads Last Week 1,471
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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