Mozilla Thunderbird 2 email client launches worldwide

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Mozilla has officially launched Thunderbird 2 – the latest version of its email client, with new features claimed to make email easier to navigate – and with plenty of potential add-ons available for the open-source program, you can even do a spot of customising.

“Thunderbird 2 has powerful new features and proven security, delivering an improved e-mail experience to users worldwide,” says Scott MacGregor, lead engineer for Thunderbird at Mozilla. “In Thunderbird 2, we incorporated the proven benefits of tagging to email. Tagging initially gained popularity on blogs, photo and link-sharing sites as an intuitive way to organise online information so users could easily find desired content.”

New features include that message tagging, which allows you to organise mail in any way you’d like – friends, family or even specific projects, with a choice of default tags or the option to make your own. Also new is message history, similar to your web history, allowing you to browse your email in the order you have read it. And there’s a new search function, which shows results as soon as you type into the box – and you can save your searches as folders.

The program easily integrates with existing email accounts – just add your username and password. And you can personalise, with hundreds of free add-ons that change the look, feel and functionality. Thunderbird 2 is available now as a free download for Windows, Mac and Linux, in more than 30 language versions.

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Dave Walker