Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 21st Jul 2012 23:06 UTC
In the News Okay, so this is entirely new to me. Sparrow is was an email client for Mac OS X and iOS (and Windows), which brought a decent Gmail experience to these platforms - as opposed to Apple's own not-so-good Gmail support and Google's Gmail iOS application which, well, is just a webpage. Google has now acquired Sparrow, and basically all hell has broken loose, to the point of Rian van der Merwe writing that 'we' lost "faith in a philosophy that we thought was a sustainable way to ensure a healthy future for independent software development, where most innovation happens".
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RE: Thunderbird
by NuxRo on Sun 22nd Jul 2012 09:05 UTC in reply to "Thunderbird"
NuxRo
Member since:
2010-09-25

No one's mentioned Thunderbird yet?

http://www.osnews.com/story/26159/Mozilla_to_cease_development_on_T...

Isn't Thunderbird in the same boat? Mozilla has decided to stop developing it further and so it is only going to get big fixes! OS didn't help there.


It's hardly the case, development of T-bird hasn't ceased completely, and (this is the really crucial bit) should one individual or company need an enhanced version of T-bird they can do it themselves at any given time since the source is public.
For the moment there is no need for "OS" help.

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RE[2]: Thunderbird
by arpan on Sun 22nd Jul 2012 09:12 in reply to "RE: Thunderbird"
arpan Member since:
2006-07-30

But for a user who can't program, both look the same.

Most likely, Sparrow will be back in a short time under the Google brand and with new features, while Thunderbird currently has no one developing it.

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RE[3]: Thunderbird
by raboof on Sun 22nd Jul 2012 09:52 in reply to "RE[2]: Thunderbird"
raboof Member since:
2005-07-24

But for a user who can't program, both look the same.

Valid point
Most likely, Sparrow will be back in a short time under the Google brand and with new features, while Thunderbird currently has no one developing it.

Actually, I think it's the other way around. Thunderbird is still in wide use and will likely find maintainers and contributors, while the Sparrow guys are hired to be working on other Google products and not on Sparrow.

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RE[3]: Thunderbird
by jptros on Sun 22nd Jul 2012 12:26 in reply to "RE[2]: Thunderbird"
jptros Member since:
2005-08-26

Postbox is an enhanced version of thunderbird.

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