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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Comment by shmerl
by shmerl on Fri 6th Jul 2012 23:05 UTC
shmerl
Member since:
2010-06-08

I don't like web e-mail clients. They are laggy, and inconvenient. Hopefully this "freeze" doesn't mean they won't fix major bugs anymore. Like this annoying bug for example:
https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=609346

It's a pity though they won't work on adding more features, like Carddav support and so on:
https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=546932

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RE: Comment by shmerl
by zima on Sat 7th Jul 2012 00:42 in reply to "Comment by shmerl"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Other local email clients are a point of reference and ~competition for Thunderbird, not webmails... (that you can't help mentioning and disparaging for some reason... and which are, BTW, a decent method of choice for most people, why they really picked up email in the first place)

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RE: Comment by shmerl
by twitterfire on Sun 8th Jul 2012 17:35 in reply to "Comment by shmerl"
twitterfire Member since:
2008-09-11

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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RE[2]: Comment by shmerl
by shmerl on Sun 8th Jul 2012 20:39 in reply to "RE: Comment by shmerl"
shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

Most web clients are tied to one mail server. And if you manage several of them - it's completely unusable in comparison to normal desktop client. Also, in Thunderbird you can install PGP addons, while in common web clients it's hardly possible.

Edited 2012-07-08 20:40 UTC

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