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Thunderbird 91 has been launched with help for Apple Silicon and different enhancements.

This model entered the discharge channel yesterday, in accordance with the discharge notes, and follows the emission of Firefox 91. You can fetch Thunderbird straight from here, or wait for your system bundle supervisor to catch up and hand it out.

Mozilla’s Thunderbird is a cross-platform, open-source e mail consumer. Its future appeared unsure in 2015 when Moz CEO Mitchell Baker said “eventually paying a tax to help Thunderbird is not going to make sense as a coverage for Mozilla.” Early final yr, although, issues improved, with the formation of a wholly-owned subsidiary, MZLA Technologies Corporation, to handle the venture.

… the state of Thunderbird’s funds are superb

In March this yr, the venture reported that 2020 was “a significantly better yr than 2019 for donations to the venture,” with donors maybe responding to the specter of discontinuation giving round $2.3m. It was additionally said that “non-donation revenue is at present negligible.”

And in accordance with the group, “the state of Thunderbird’s funds are superb.” At the time, there have been 15 folks employed, together with six builders, a lead UX architect, an add-ons coordinator, and a construct engineer. Judging from the official stats page, there are round 8 million day by day lively installations, a quantity that has been comparatively regular over the previous 12 months. The figures for working techniques solely go to March this yr, and present 78 per cent Windows 10, 14 per cent Windows 7, 4 per cent Mac, and simply 0.79 per cent Linux.

New options in model 91 embody native help for macOS on Apple Silicon – the iGiant’s homegrown Arm-compatible processors for its private computer systems – plus a redirect choice that forwards an e mail whereas preserving the unique topic line, content material, and reply-to deal with. It additionally consists of account reordering, a warning pop-up when trying to answer to a no-reply deal with, and help for non-ASCII characters in e mail addresses.

Thunderbird warns users not to bother with annoying Do not reply emails

Thunderbird warns customers to not trouble with annoying do-not-reply emails

A PDF viewer, PDF.js, is now built-in into Thunderbird. There are a number of enhancements to the calendar, together with the flexibility to open .ics information by double-click and an Edit merchandise within the right-click menu for an occasion. Master password has been renamed to Primary Password. The default IRC chat server is now reasonably than Freenode for … reasons. OpenPGP help is tweaked.

At a low degree, an essential change is the implementation of a venture referred to as Fission, and associated work on multi-threading, which is alleged to enhance each safety and efficiency. “Thunderbird is multi-process enabled (Fission). This grew to become high precedence as soon as we realised it wanted to be performed and the potential for regression fallout. Doing so delayed a bunch of different stuff, notably the brand new Address Book,” said software program engineer Geoff Lankow.

Thunderbird is very valued, free, although donations are requested, and open supply, so the truth that it’s nicely resourced and that the group is delivering enhancements is welcome.

That stated, a fast spin with the brand new model does present some limitations. Connection to Exchange,, or Office 365 is by IMAP, until you buy an add-on called Owl for Exchange on the modest price of €10 per yr. This extension could also be needed if IMAP shouldn’t be enabled by your group.

Thunderbird is not happy with Office 365 in cases where IMAP is not available

Thunderbird shouldn’t be pleased with Office 365 in circumstances the place IMAP shouldn’t be out there

A dialog in Thunderbird pins the blame on Exchange, stating “this e mail server sadly doesn’t help open protocols.” Still, customers would little doubt be glad if this Owl performance had been a part of the core product. Gmail entry can also be by way of IMAP and we discovered it considerably sluggish to retrieve messages.

It seems that not every little thing here, the roadmap for 91 and past, is completed but, and it’s simple to think about different issues that will be fascinating. The person interface appears dated and intricate, although these conversant in it maybe prefer it the way in which it’s. There is not any cell model of Thunderbird, which is a disgrace if solely as a result of a powerful open-standards e mail consumer is an efficient antidote to the dominant e mail providers run by Microsoft and Google which lean in the direction of their very own platforms. ®

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