Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 6th Jul 2012 22:42 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones Mozilla has announced it's ceasing development on Thunderbird; one more version will be released, and it'll be security updates from then on. "Most Thunderbird users seem happy with the basic email feature set. In parallel, we have seen the rising popularity of Web-based forms of communications representing email alternatives to a desktop solution. Given this, focusing on stability for Thunderbird and driving innovation through other offerings seems a natural choice." Makes sense - I mean, there's only so much you can do with something that needs to send and receive mail, and I can't imagine Thunderbird having a lot of users. Strange, almost Microsoftian obtuse announcement, by the way.
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by jptros on Sat 7th Jul 2012 11:59 UTC in reply to "RE: My mom <3"
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Gmail, while nice, is not the end all solution to the problem. Many folks don't use Gmail and as far as I know no other free email provider offers that functionality. Further more, most businesses aren't going to be keen on company related email being pushed through peoples personal Gmail (or any other free mail provider) accounts. In addition, many people still use their ISP provided email accounts. Not everyone has a Yahoo/Hotmail/Gmail/etc account. That's just the way of the world.

I personally hate web based email for anything other than checking my email on a foreign device. I also don't really like thunderbird for anything other than its awesome IMAP support so I guess in the end I don't care as long as there is a decent desktop client around to use.

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