General Thunderbird

New to Thunderbird 45 is the addition of Correspondents column combining Sender and Recipient with an arrow on the left side of the email address. This ‘feature’ was request about 16-years ago (read all about it in Bug 36489).  As I mentioned in the previous post, it is not the name change that bothers me, rather it is the arrow that was added. After some reading the later comments I found out the ‘From’ column was not removed, simply hidden and replaced by Correspondents. The fix to this is very easy and it does not involve add-ons or even custom CSS coding: Right-click anywhere on…

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Thunderbird 45 Released

Mozilla released the next major update for Thunderbird on April 12th, 2016. Thunderbird 45. There are many changes and fixes in this version which can be viewed in the Release Notes. One of the most noticeable changes is the addition of Correspondents column combining Sender and Recipient with an arrow on the left side of the email address. I don’t understand the purpose of this and even more so after reading Bug 36489 which dates back to almost 16-years ago (April 20, 2000). Frankly, I don’t like the change. It’s not the name change which I could use to, but rather adding the arrow. Good news…

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2016 Thunderbird Releases

It has been a while since I have had a chance to update this site. Here are the most recent Thunderbird Releases: 45.0.0 — April 12th, 2016* 38.7.2 — April 4th, 2016 — Disabled Graphite font shaping library 38.7.1 — March 25th, 2016 — Disabled Graphite font shaping library 38.7.0 — March 14th, 2016 — Various security fixes 38.6.0 — February 16th, 2016 — Addressed couple behavior issues 38.5.1 — January 7th, 2016 — Introduced new SHA-256 signing certificate (Windows Only) * Thunderbird 45 currently available for download only (no update) as of April 12th, 2016. Users will likely be offered the update in the next few days.

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Thunderbird 38.5.1 Released

Mozilla released an update to the Thunderbird 38.5.x branch on January 7th, 2016. Thunderbird 38.5.1 is for Windows users and implemented using a SHA-256 signing certificate for Windows builds, to meet new signing requirements. This was the final step of the replacing the now deprecated (as of 01/01/2016) SHA-1 signing certificates. Windows XP SP2 users: You can not update from Thunderbird 38.4.0 (or older) to 38.5.0 automatically. You will need to manually download and install Thunderbird 38.5.0 from here and then update to the current version of Thunderbird. Windows Vista/Server 2008 SP2 users: If you are running into issues trying to install Thunderbird…

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If you have been trying to import your emails from MS Eudora or Outlook with the current Thunderbird 38.x branch you likely have run into problems. According to Bug 1176748, this functionality was disabled as it broke the Thunderbird 38 branch. There is however, a simple fix and that is to temporarily install Thunderbird 31.8.0 (or Thunderbird 17.8.0), import then update to the current Thunderbird 38.x branch. One catch though, this only works for Outlook. Apparently the import functionality for Eudora has not worked in a long time and since it has been almost 10-years since Microsoft ended support for Eudora, Mozilla…

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Thunderbird 38.5.0 Released

Mozilla released the next update to the Thunderbird 38 branch on December 23rd with Thunderbird 38.5 release. There were some minor fixes with this update: In the address book manager, make the contacts sidebar remember the last selected address book (1142705) Prepare to use SHA-256 signing certificate for Windows builds, to meet new signing requirement (1079858) Various security fixes Depending on their update settings, users will be prompted soon to update to the newest version of Thunderbird. Users may trigger the update from within Thunderbird via Help > About Thunderbird and following the prompts. Also, users can maually download and…

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Thunderbird is 11!

Back on December 7th, 2004, Mozilla announced the ‘birth’ of Thunderbird: MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – December 7, 2004 – The Mozilla Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving choice and promoting innovation on the Internet, today announced the worldwide availability of the Mozilla Thunderbird 1.0 email client. Thunderbird focuses on new features and settings to help stop spam and prevent viruses, the two biggest problems facing email users today. Mozilla Thunderbird follows last month’s highly successful release of Mozilla Firefox 1.0 that has been downloaded by over nine million users.

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Mitchel Baker: Thunderbird Update

Mitchel Baker, Chair of the Mozilla Foundation has posted an update on her blog about Thunderbird. She assures us that Mozilla is not ‘dropping’ Thunderbird. But, at the same time it is no longer effective for Thunderbird and Firefox to share the same technical infrastructure. Firefox and Thunderbird have diverging needs. Firefox needs to move at the speed of the Web, and needs to bring the things we love about the Web into the world of mobile, social, data and the cloud. That’s a fiercely competitive setting with high consequences. We need to be laser-focused if we want to move these parts of online…

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Thunderbird 38.4.0 Released

Mozilla has released the next update on the Thunderbird 38.x branch with Thunderbird 38.4.0 on November 25th. A cached version of the release notes shows a release date of November 23rd and currently the page is bringing up a Mozilla 404 page. For those user who have Lightning installed, the add-on should auto-update to version 4.0.4 when Thunderbird is updated. Updates in this release include: Fixed issue where messages moves of multiple messages from a maildir folder to an mbox folder failed. Various security fixes Depending on their update settings may be prompted to update in the next 24-48 hours…

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Thunderbird 38.4.0 release still ‘In Progress’

Thunderbird 38.4.0 was suppose to be released in early November. Here we are at almost the end of November and still no Thunderbird 38.4.0 release. Reviewing the Status Meeting Notes from the November 17th meeting this build is still ‘in progress’. Also been following the Build Notes for Thunderbird 38.4.0 which currently shows they are the third build (attempt) at releasing Thunderbird 38.4.0, but still running into issues. The next status meeting will be on November 30th and hopefully will provide some insight if there is going to be a 38.4.0 release or wait until mid December 2015 to release…

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