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.