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: My mom <3
by ephracis on Sat 7th Jul 2012 08:31 UTC in reply to "My mom <3"
ephracis
Member since:
2007-09-23

And as noted above me, there are some benefits of having a desktop email client like having a single UI for several different email providers.

I've seen this argument in almost any discussion about desktop vs web mail.

But it doesn't hold any water. I have ALL my emails (three gmail accounts, two Namecheap domains, two GoDaddy domains and my university mail) all hooked up to my gmail account. I can select in a simple drop down which account I want to send as.

So why do people keep mentioning this? Is it because they are not aware of this functionality in web based email (at least Gmail, not sure if other such as Yahoo! or Hotmail can do this, maybe someone could fill me in on that) or is it because desktop clients do it some other, more magical, way?

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RE[2]: My mom <3
by jptros on Sat 7th Jul 2012 11:59 in reply to "RE: My mom <3"
jptros Member since:
2005-08-26

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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RE[3]: My mom <3
by ephracis on Sat 7th Jul 2012 12:50 in reply to "RE[2]: My mom <3"
ephracis Member since:
2007-09-23

My point was that the "connect several accounts" works equally well on at least Gmail as it does in desktop clients (ISP provided ones included). I just checked and both Hotmail and Yahoo provide the same functionality.

I'm just focusing on this particular argument. Letting a third party read your emails or having access to your account on a foreign device is another thing, and there I couldn't agree with you more. ;)

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RE[3]: My mom <3
by darkcoder on Sun 8th Jul 2012 00:45 in reply to "RE[2]: My mom <3"
darkcoder Member since:
2006-07-14

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.


Most business I have been use Exchange as email server, so they use Outlook as the email client.

The only exception I have found personally are ISP, because given the amount of account they must serve, usually prefer open source alternatives, and have their own web GUI for them.

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RE[2]: My mom <3
by dylansmrjones on Sat 7th Jul 2012 16:53 in reply to "RE: My mom <3"
dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

...is it because desktop clients do it some other, more magical, way?


You nailed it :p

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