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Key Details of Mozilla Thunderbird

  • Read e-mail and news the way you want it, with intelligent junk controls and personalized themes
  • Last updated on 07/16/19
  • There have been 6 updates within the past 6 months
  • The current version has 0 flags on VirusTotal badge_icon
  • Also available on Mac

Editors' Review

by   / June 23, 2014

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.


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.


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 68.1.0


  • Offer to configure Exchange accounts for Office365. A third-party add-on is required for this account type. IMAP still exists as alternative.


  • Edit tag not working
  • Write window: "Insert > Characters and Symbols" not working
  • Moving/dragging messages from "Search Messages" result dialog not working
  • Command line -compose "attachment=" not working
  • Custom views not working
  • Issues with list of content types/actions for incoming attachments
  • "Learn More" links in Error Console not working
  • Visual glitches: Quick Filter Bar tag buttons too tall, missing scroll bar on Connection Setting subdialog, LDAP server selection after "New", "Edit" and "Delete"
  • Calendar: Parts of CalDAV dialog not working
  • Various security fixes


Publisher Mozilla
Publisher web site
Release Date September 11, 2019
Date Added September 17, 2019
Version 68.1.0


Category Communications
Subcategory E-mail Software

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/7
Additional Requirements

Download Information

File Size 38.25MB
File Name Thunderbird Setup 68.1.0.exe


Total Downloads 2,041,248
Downloads Last Week 288


License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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