Thunderbird is no longer a priority for Mozilla, mobile telephony is

Already half a blog has echoed the announcement made by Mozilla on what will be the future of your email client, and it is not for less, when the changes that are coming may not be so successful on the part of the Foundation.

The subject is very simple, Thunderbird is less important than the next flagship product of Mozilla: Firefox OS. They consider that Thunderbird It is a stable, finished product that would only need security updates, relying on "Community" for the rest of the possible innovations that could be added in future versions. According to the official note:

…. There are currently two editions of Thunderbird: "Thunderbird '" and "Thunderbird ESR". Only "Thunderbird" will be affected by the change:

A new version of Thunderbird ESR will be available on November 20, 2012. As defined in the Thunderbird ESR plan (http://www.mozilla.org/thunderbird/organizations/faq/), it will inherit the feature set current in Thunderbird. This version will be updated every six weeks, for the duration of the ESR cycle to ensure the best possible security and stability for organizations….

.... Mozilla will continue to provide paid staff, logistics and infrastructure to the release team to produce updates and new versions with the same level of quality today. Support will continue to be provided by the Thunderbird community and Mozilla will continue to provide the necessary infrastructure.

If you ask me, I wouldn't know what to say. I think that Mozilla is risking his future by putting it in the hands of Firefox OS, which at this minute, we will not know if it will give the expected result when there is already strong competition in the mobile market between Android, iOS and others that are left on the road. The point is, it seems to me that Thunderbird not as polished as they say.

It is a software that needs constant attention. They could, for example, give the interface a facelift, to give it an attractive touch like the one it has Opera Mail, for example. But nothing, we'll see what happens. We will see if Mozilla He is not mistaken, and even if he is, we can always count on other alternatives (although less powerful) to manage our mail.


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  1.   Wolf said

    I also have like 5 or 6 email accounts and Thunderbird is my favorite client. Kmail doesn't completely convince me, and the Opera client is very simple. But hey, if there is no choice but to settle for what there is, then nothing. A pity that they leave the project abandoned.

  2.   Marco said

    I never could with this type of software, I think because I was too used to reading my emails from the browser, but I did have the opportunity to try different options in this matter, and I have to say that Thunderbird was the most complete for my taste. Mozilla is risking a lot with this of its mobile operating system. I hope it works for you, and even more importantly, I hope you don't neglect the development of Firefox

    1.    Giskard said

      The same happens to me. Even before migrating to Linux, I was no longer using email clients. I checked everything on the Web.

      1.    Manuel de la Fuente said

        Try it having about 10 email accounts like me, to see if it is so comfortable for you to consult them from the browser, one by one.

        1.    KZKG ^ Gaara said

          LOL!! … I don't get to 10, but they are like 5 or 7.

          1.    Rayonant said

            Totally agree Manuel, also many people forget that Thunderbird is one of the few (if not the only) corporate alternative to Outlook because it is cross-platform.

            1.    KZKG ^ Gaara said

              Uff yeah right 🙁


          2.    Manuel de la Fuente said

            I am in the process of eliminating a few, but minimally I will also have about 5 or 7. Private, public accounts, for electronic commerce, etc.

            What is certain is that I will never be left with just one, so a client like Thunderbird is essential for me.

            1.    KZKG ^ Gaara said

              I actually have:
              - 3 or 4 accounts in GMail.
              - 4 or 5 accounts in GMX.
              - 1 account on Yahoo!
              - 2 accounts in hotmail.
              - 2 accounts on MyOpera.com
              - 1 in FromLinux.net

              Take out the bill hahahaha.
              What many do not use, or redirect emails to a common or main.


          3.    Rayonant said

            Holy mother xD, what a lot of email accounts! . I only have 4, one from hotmail, and 3 from gmail (one of which is the institutional email of my university). But yes, it is essential for me to use Thunderbird not only to read them all in one place but also to search quickly mails in all at once.

            1.    KZKG ^ Gaara said

              HAHAHA yes ... but actually I only use one (FromLinux) 🙂
              The rest of the accounts are redirected between them, and in the end all the emails go to my main account 😀


          4.    Manuel de la Fuente said

            My goal by having so many email accounts is to reduce risks. Not crazy would I use the same account in PayPal or Dropbox that I use in Messenger or to sign in blogs, for example. They steal it from me and I commit suicide. o_O

        2.    Marco said

          I only have three accounts: one in gmail, another in hotmail and the last one in Costa Rican.cr. of all, I only actively use the first one, and I'm about to close the hotmail one since I keep it for messenger (which I haven't used for a while)

    2.    KZKG ^ Gaara said

      And once again I'm glad I opted for KMail and stopped using Thunderbird.

  3.   Marco said

    exact. I tried it in my time with Ubuntu and I could not adapt to the change, so I gave up.

  4.   Manuel de la Fuente said

    If they are going to leave all work in the community, then better to contribute to Icedove which is completely community, instead of Thunderbird whose brand is owned by Mozilla.

  5.   Rayonant said

    I understand that Mozilla does not cope with the projects it maintains and that its new B2G based OS for mobile is its new priority. Curiously, it does not seem like such a crazy decision to me, I have been a Thunderbird user since I used Windows, which would be around 3 years and I have seen its great development, but I agree with Mozilla that it is a fairly complete software, I am happy with the great functionality that it has and it seems to me that I do not need new features. You also forgot to mention Elav that this is not a totally made decision, as users will always be listened to, that's what the mailing list is for:

    >> We are looking forward to getting your questions and comments on this plan. We would like to refine it throughout the summer so we can discuss the final details at the beginning of September 2012. If you want to be involved in this discussion, please use the tb-planning mailing list (https://wiki.mozilla.org/Thunderbird/tb-planning) as a discussion forum.

    1.    elav <° Linux said

      If you are right, but if they really cared about the decision of the users, they would have made the announcement once a consensus was reached and not before.

  6.   Blazek said

    Well, for me, it is one of the best email managers that I have used. All the other alternatives have never finished convincing me, either due to stability or complexity when setting up the accounts. Thunderbird is undoubtedly one of the easiest to use.

  7.   Christopher said

    : (...

    It is the one I use daily. Too bad, they needed to make the thunderbird menu similar to firefox. I've been looking for an email client, but none of them convinced me like Thunderbird, I even learned to write its name for a long time and without help hahaha ...

    I think I'll look for more alternatives, but what I need is for gtk or it could also be for QT, but what I don't want is to download all the KDE dependencies to use only Kmail.

  8.   Lex.RC1 said

    Thunderbird has always seemed to me to be an excellent email manager plus its extensions, it is a shame that they abandon a mature project but that could improve. Although I don't think it's just because of the Firefox OS, there are other factors that could influence that decision. It's a relatively low-user market and has a lot of competition. Most desktops have their own good managers. The Icedove supported by the large Debian community.

    I have not used for a while, I use Evolution which is also an excellent manager and I take advantage of the integration with the desktop that Thunderbird does not give me.

  9.   Augustine said

    I have it and I don't even use it, I don't use the mail a lot ^^