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Thunderbird 15 arrives with multi-channel chat, do not track, more

29 August 2012 1,280 views No Comment

Mozilla cut Thunderbird loose back in July with a call to users and developers to pick up the slack, and the volunteers have stepped up.

Mozilla killed off their popular — 20 million users — email client, right? Actually, the open source company cut Thunderbird loose with a call to users and developers to pick up the slack, and the volunteers have stepped up. Though it isn’t entirely clear who’s doing the work at this point, there is nonetheless a whole-number update to celebrate.

“As the storm swirled around… as we were alternately pilloried and praised in the media, as our long-standing loyal contributors questioned our decision and their future, we worried,” wrote Mozilla’s Anne-Marie Bourcier back in July. “And then a little thread started on the “tb-planning” mailing list (the forum where we discuss Thunderbird development plans).”

Whereas Mozilla promised the community one more big release come November, Thunberbird 15 (release notes) is shipping now, including notable new features, tweaks and, of course, bug fixes:

• Multi-Channel Chat: You now can enjoy real time conversation with your contacts, right from your favorite messaging application.
• Do Not Track: This option has been implemented as an addition to Search the Web.
• New User Interface: Thunderbird is replicating the new look and feel of Mozilla Firefox in an effort to provide a similar user experience across all Mozilla software desktop or mobile and all platforms.
• Various fixes and performance improvements
• Various security fixes

>> Also new: Firefox 15

Back in July, Mozilla announced the company was throttling down Thunderbird development and support. Now, there is much rejoicing.

Get your copy of Thunderbird 15 here.

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