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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RE: Comment by shmerl
by twitterfire on Sun 8th Jul 2012 17:35 UTC in reply to "Comment by shmerl"
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I don't like web e-mail clients. They are laggy, and inconvenient.

If you want to spam or send 1000 000 emails/hr maybe they are laggy or inconvenient. But so are mail clients such as Thunderbird. For massive e-mail sending your best bet is to write your own e-mail client which is a trivial task.

For normal e-mail usage patterns I find web based e-mail to be very convenient. In fact, in last 14 years (when I got access to Net first time) I used exclusively web clients for sending and receiving emails. That way I can store my mails online, access my e-mails from anywhere, search tens of thousands of e-mails very easy and fast.

The only concern I see for web based e-mails is privacy. But since I don't use mail for selling heroin, cocain and weapons is not a big concern to me. And even if I were selling weapons online, I would probably encrypt my e-mails and use IP address obfuscation.

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