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.
Thread beginning with comment 525752
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE[2]: My mom <3
by jptros on Sat 7th Jul 2012 11:59 UTC in reply to "RE: My mom <3"
Member since:

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.

Reply Parent Score: 5

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:

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. ;)

Reply Parent Score: 2

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:

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.

Reply Parent Score: 2

RE[4]: My mom <3
by jbijnens on Sun 8th Jul 2012 10:12 in reply to "RE[3]: My mom <3"
jbijnens Member since:

At my work they also use Exchange Server and our IT team has switched off pop3 and imap support in an attempt to try to force people to use Outlook exclusively.
Luckily there is a very nice application called DavMail which allows you to use Thunderbird (with Lightning) together with Exchange anyway.

Best regards,

John Bijnens

Edited 2012-07-08 10:14 UTC

Reply Parent Score: 2