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[3]: email clients doomed
by Delgarde on Sun 8th Jul 2012 22:29 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: email clients doomed"
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Point taken. So it doesn't make any sense Mozilla ceasing development of Thunderbird, right?

It makes perfect sense, if you realize that they're a small organization with limited resources - they can't fund everything. And while they've produced decent email clients over the years (Communicator, Thunderbird), it's not something that the Mozilla organization as a whole is particularly interested in - it's always been very peripheral.

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