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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

"V17 has some kind of style problem"

November 20, 2012  |  By kimada17

 |  Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 16.0.2


- I've been using it for years so I'm used to it.
- It's easy to set up accounts for all the services I use.


Can't seem to use the same Windows style I'm using.


I just got a notice today of an upgrade to version 17. Went ahead and installed it, and now suddenly the interface looks different; apparently it is not using the Windows style I have set up and I can't find a way to change it either in the Menu or Options. This may be a bug, but trying to find a place on Mozilla's huge website to report it or even ask about it just takes too long so I went back to V16, and the style has returned. With these frequent and unpredictable updates (version *17*?) I really wish there was a decent alternative...

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2 stars

"looks promising, fails miserably"

November 04, 2012  |  By sodaphine

 |  Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 16.0.2


looks fab
nice interface
mostly easy to use


lost the very first email someone else sent to me. Gone. Did some online research, and it's a known issue with massive work-arounds that are seriously not worth the risk or effort.

Simple stuff is made way too complicated (like formatting a signature - basic task that required googling and a work around again)


If you like to dabble in free software, and don't mind risking losing some mail here and there, go for it.
If you actually need a reliable mail program, look elsewhere. Thunderbird has failed me on day one, first email! So disappointed as I'd come to really respect Mozilla. Other bugs could be overlooked, but losing mail just can't.

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1 stars

"could not figure out how to import from WLM"

November 03, 2012  |  By herbmelrose

 |  Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 16.0.2


none that i encountered


Apparently needed 3rd-party add-on to import from WLM. Installed it. "Import everything" got to "Import from" panel with no choices! Clicking "Next" on that panel did nothing. Tried other "import" options. Instructions were confusing. Tried something and got "script stopped running" error panel.


Not worth more of my time. Uninstalled after one hour and went back to WLM.

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1 stars

"Since 14.0 T-Bird is really buggy on Win 7 64"

November 01, 2012  |  By shamrock1961

 |  Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 16.0.2


When it works its a great newsgroup reader.


It crashes constantly. Again it seems to not like WIN 7 64 SP1. There is a scripting error that always pops up in this latest update. I am going to be using something else I am afraid. Not impressed to the extent this update gets 0 stars from me! Abysmal!

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5 stars

"One of the best products of its kind."

October 30, 2012  |  By Gnomesmoke

 |  Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 16.0.2


Mozilla Thunderbird has helped me keep my electronic communications organized, which I will grudgingly admit is a minor miracle. I have found that I have been able to organized all of my multiple E-mail accounts and have found that I have cut my Email response time in half.


I have not yet found many things to complain about.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 16.0.2
Version 16.0.2 has fixed an issue where IMAP based accounts could sometimes continuously download emails.
Publisher Mozilla
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Release Date October 29, 2012
Date Added October 30, 2012
Version 16.0.2
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 38.4.0.exe
Total Downloads 1,776,069
Downloads Last Week 1,779
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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