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Mozilla Messaging to work on Thunderbird 3, the future of communication


A few months back, Mozilla announced plans to create a new organization responsible for development of the Thunderbird e-mail client. While Mozilla's Firefox web browser has been getting a lot of attention in recent years from both developers and the general public, Thunderbird has sort of been living in the shadow of its big, more popular sibling.

Today David Ascher announced that the new Thunderbird project has a new name: Mozilla Messaging. He also outlined a bit of what we can expect to see in Thunderbird 3:
  • An integrated calendar (right now you have to install the Lightning add-on to get calendar functions in Thunderbird)
  • Improved search
  • Easier configuration
In the long term, Ascher says the team will also have to think more generally about internet communication. Many people use instant messaging, IRC, blogs, and VoIP to communicate and not just e-mail. It's unlikely that we'll see all of those services built into Thunderbird anytime soon. But perhaps one or two of them will creep in, or maybe we'll see development of chat add-ons in the future.

[via Mozilla Links]

Tags: chat, communication, messaging, mozilla-messaging, thunderbird

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