The latest beta version of the Mozilla Thunderbird e-mail client.
There are over 750 changes in this release, many laying the groundwork for
future changes. Some notable changes include:
User Experience Improvements
- Tabbed Email
Email messages, folders, and calendars (with the Lightning extension
installed) can be opened in tabs.
- Improved Message Reader View
This is the first stage of a series of refinements to the message
reading experience. The first stage brings email controls closer to
the area in which the user is operating.
- New Add-ons Manager
The new Add-ons Manager (Tools > Add-ons) can now be used to
find, download, and install Thunderbird Add-ons which includes
Extensions, Themes, and Plugins. Note that few Add-ons are
compatible with this beta at the time of release, as Add-on
developers need to upgrade them.
- Improved Address Book
If someone is in your address book, it is indicated by a new
star icon which you can click to edit contact details inline. If
they are not in your address book, you can add them with one
click of the icon. A new birthday field allows you to keep track
of your friends' birthdays.
- For Windows Vista users, Thunderbird 3 Beta 1 is now integrated with
Vista search results. On first start, Thunderbird will prompt to install its
indexing system into Windows Vista and you can choose to see Thunderbird
email and news messages in Windows search results.
- For Mac users, Thunderbird 3 Beta 1 can import from Mail.app, read your
OS X address book, and use Growl for new mail alerts.
- Faster Message Loading for IMAP
Thunderbird will now download IMAP messages in the background to
allow for faster message loading, and better offline operation. This
feature can be enabled on an individual folder basis (via folder
properties), or for all folders in an account, via Account Settings
/ Sync & Disk Space.
Internet and communication
3.0 beta 1
Windows, Linux, Mac
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