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: I don't like this trend
by twitterfire on Sun 8th Jul 2012 17:49 UTC in reply to "I don't like this trend"
twitterfire
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2008-09-11

So it seems who commented before me is implying that being able to read your email and/or view your attachments when offline is of no interest to anyone.
I disagree.

It depends on your personal situation. For some profession, business, hobby or occupation having the ability to read offline e-mail might be of importance. However I am many hrs / day online.

Even if I'm not I can get online very fast (mobile phone, laptop, 3G data, etc) and if I go visit some remote place like Kalahari Desert or countryside India or China or Jordan or Peru or Brazilian Rainforrest I am during my vacation and I couldn't care less about such things as e-mails. (in fact I have different 'work' or 'business' and 'personal' mobile numbers and during my vacation my 'work' phone is shut down ;) :D:D)

Even if I were visiting the Brazilian Rainforrest and I were in a big need to read my e-mails, I would probably use a satellite connection. (satellite connections suck and are expensive but for emails are ok and if I were in a big need of reading/sending e-mails anywhere the cost might not be such a big issue)

So having offline e-mails might be a must for some people but I guess this is a rare case.

And nobody is killing offline e-mails, Mozilla is just saying that they don't want to use too many resources for a client just a few people use. There are many e-mail solutions beside Thunderbird and people who need can use those.

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