Thunderbird 3.0 is officially available!

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Mozilla have released the new major version of Thunderbird. It has huge improvements in the interface. First of all, the inboxes of all your mail accounts are grouped together and they’ve been moved to the top. You can also view a collated list of emails from all your accounts by clicking on the top level Inbox.

Gmail users will love this version of Thunderbird. Setting up a new Gmail account is as simple as entering your username and password. You can see all your tagged emails in separate folders too.

The POP3/IMAP account setup process has also been totally simplified where it asks you to enter just the email address and password, then tries determine the server information from that. Even when it can’t autodetect the server, it populates most of the information in the manual setup window.

The main user interface is now tabbed like firefox. opening an email now shows it in a new tab instead of a new window. Search results are also displayed in a new tab.

The search feature is one of the most improved features in Thunderbird 3.0. The search results look similar to a web search with the title and summary of each email matching your search. Additionally it also allows you filter the search results based on a number of criteria, all without having to rerun the search.

And last but not least, being a sister-product to firefox, it has a huge number of add-ons.

All in all it’s a great email client. Its available for Linux, Windows and Mac. Get it at Mozilla Messaging.

Mozilla Instantbird IM client

Mozilla are creating a new IM client that works with msn, yahoo, aim and googletalk.

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Instantbird from mozilla is a multi-protocol Instant Messaging client. At present it supports the following networks:

  • .NET/MSN, XMPP (Jabber, Google Talk)
  • Yahoo!, OSCAR (AIM/ICQ/.Mac)
  • MySpaceIM
  • Gadu-Gadu
  • Novell GroupWise
  • Internet Relay Chat
  • QQ, SILC
  • SIMPLE
  • Lotus Sametime
  • Zephyr
  • Netsoul

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Mozilla Ubiquity

Mozilla ubiquity gives you a command line interface to the web, but how useful is it?

Mozilla Ubiquity is another little project in progress over at Mozilla Labs. It provides a command line interface to the web… well a very small part of it anyway. They released an early alpha version a couple of days ago so I thought I’ll give it a go.

It comes as a Firefox extension that currently works in Windows, OSX (requiring another software download) and partially in Linux. Once you’ve installed the extension you can press ctrl+space to call up a little console. Continue reading “Mozilla Ubiquity”

Mozilla Snowl: Is there really a gap for it to fill?

There are desktop email and feed readers and there are web based feed aggregators. Where does Snowl fit in, and does it provide additional value?

Mozilla have a new project brewing in their labs called Snowl. It is supposed to be An Experiment with Messaging in the Browser

They call it a conversing tool. Its purpose is to help us follow and participate online discussions by helping us keep track of all our conversations.
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Firefox 3 launches with a world record

With 8,002,530 Firefox enters the Guiness Book of World Records for “largest number of
software downloads in 24 hours.” All is not great though

With 8,002,530 Firefox enters the Guiness Book of World Records for “largest number of
software downloads in 24 hours.” Continue reading “Firefox 3 launches with a world record”

Best Thunderbird Addons

On its own Mozilla Thunderbird is quite a decent email client. However, there are a number of add-ons that add some useful new features as well as ones already present in the competition. Here’s a few of the best.

Thunderbird pluginsOn its own Mozilla Thunderbird is quite a decent email client. However, there are a number of add-ons that add some useful new features as well as ones already present in the competition.
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Minimo is no more …

Minimo – Mozilla’s mobile browser project has been cancelled.

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It appears that Minimo – Mozilla’s mobile browser project has been scrapped. Despite of being slimmed down, it was still quite slow on windows mobile. I guess that’s the reason for it meeting its demise.

Pity, it seemed like a better browser than the stock browser supplied on many devices like Opera mini in the Nokia n800. It’s full featured Gecko renderer with the Javascript engine allowed Ajax heavy sites such as Google Docs to work just fine on the device, which was not possible with Opera mini.