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Editors' Review

Mozilla Thunderbird is a free email program that offers a range of options for PC users without access to robust paid software like Microsoft Outlook. Allowing you to integrate multiple mailboxes with SMTP or POP protocols, Thunderbird is a lightweight, responsive piece of software that works well.

Pros

Open source and customizable: Because Thunderbird is developed by Mozilla, the group behind Firefox, it is more customizable than Outlook, a closed tool developed by Microsoft. At the same time, it offers all of the basics you need right out of the box, so you don't have to worry about highly complicated technical setup if you're not comfortable working in the trenches of a software tool.

Smarter organization: Thunderbird features a range of tools to make organizing your email as easy as possible. Including tabbed email browsing, smart searches, and custom folders to organize your messages, along with powerful spam filters that are better than a lot of Web-based tools, Thunderbird works well with most email services.

Cons

Desktop limitations: Because Thunderbird is a desktop tool for Windows, it doesn't synchronize directly with a mobile device natively. Yes you can set up a POP3 inbox so that all edits in Thunderbird appear at the server level, but it's an extra step that is required with tools like this. It's not unique, and the speed and flexibility of the software makes it a small complaint, but it's something to keep in mind if you compute on your tablet nearly as much as your desktop.

Bottom Line

If you don't like using relatively limited Web-based email tools, or if you'd like to further customize your browsing and organizational experience, Thunderbird is a must download. It's free, it has a number of available plug-ins and updates, and it's a perfect fit for almost anyone with multiple email accounts to manage.

 
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Full Specifications

What's new in version 60.0
  • When writing a message, a delete button now allows the removal of a recipient. This delete button is displayed when hovering the To/Cc/Bcc selector.
  • Many improvements to attachments handling during compose: Attachments can now be reordered using a dialog, keyboard shortcuts, or drag and drop. The "Attach" button moved to the right to be above the attachment pane. The access key of the attachment pane (e.g. Alt+M, may vary depending on localization, Ctrl+M on Mac) now also works to show or hide the pane. The attachment pane can also be shown initially when composing a new message. Right-click on the header to enable this option. Hiding a non-empty attachment pane will now show a placeholder paperclip to indicate the presence of attachments and avoid sending them accidentally.
  • "Edit Template" command. This also solves various problems when saving as template (duplicates created, message ID lost).
  • "New Message from Template" command
  • Allow changing the Spellcheck Language from status bar
  • Light and Dark themes
  • WebExtension themes are now enabled in Thunderbird
  • A default startup directory in the address book window can now be configured
  • Individual feed update interval
  • An option under "Tools > Options, Advanced, General" now allows to select whether date/time display will follow the application locale (adjusted by operating system's format settings for that locale) or the locale selected in the operating system's regional settings. In other words, an US English Thunderbird can use, for example, German formats.
  • OAuth2 authentication for Yahoo and AOL
  • FIDO U2F support
  • Thunderbird now allows the conversion of folders from mbox to maildir format and vice versa. This is an experimental feature that needs to be enabled by setting the preference mail.store_conversion_enabled. Note that this functionality does not not work if the option "Allow Windows Search/Spotlight to search messages" is selected.
  • Calendar: Allow copying, cutting or deleting of a selected occurrence or the entire series for recurring events
  • Calendar: Provide an option to display locations for events in calendar day and week views
  • Calendar: Provide the ability for sending/not sending meeting notifications directly instead of showing a popup
  • Calendar: Option to select the target calendar when pasting an event or task
  • Calendar: Allow email scheduling for CalDAV servers supporting server-side scheduling
  • Thunderbird Chat now contains multiple built-in message themes
General
Publisher Mozilla
Publisher web site http://www.mozilla.org/
Release Date August 06, 2018
Date Added September 17, 2018
Version 60.0
Category
Category Communications
Subcategory E-mail Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/7
Additional Requirements
Download Information
File Size 30.38MB
File Name Thunderbird Setup 60.0.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 2,010,495
Downloads Last Week 1,114
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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