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02 December 2009, 13:45

Mozilla releases Thunderbird 3 RC2

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One week after the first release candidate was made available, Mozilla has announced the release of the second release candidate (RC2) for version 3.0 of its popular open source email and news client. As with the previous RC, the latest preview release is based on the Gecko platform and addresses several bugs.

Thunderbird 3 will be a major update that features a number of improvements to IMAP folder synchronisation and to the email client's user interface. New features include a Global Search field with auto-complete, advanced filtering tools and a new Mail Account Set-up Wizard that provides the email settings for a range of popular mail providers. Other changes include tabbed email messages, a redesigned mail tool bar and a Smart Folders mode in the folder pane that lets users combine special mailboxes, such as the Inbox, from multiple accounts. As with all development releases, use in production environments and on mission critical systems is not advised.

More details about the release, including a list of known issues, can be found in the release notes. Thunderbird 3 RC2 is available to download for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. The developers note that Thunderbird 3 no longer supports Windows 95, 98, ME, NT and Mac OS X versions prior to 10.4. A final release date for Thunderbird 3, has yet to be announced.

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