Thunderbird 60 released with better UI and Gmail support

Thunderbird 60 released with better UI and Gmail support

With the new year, Thunderbird, Mozilla desktop email client, is getting a UI overhaul and better Gmail integration.

Thunderbird's 2019 updates will include improved Gmail support and integration, better notifications that feel more natural for each OS, reworked encryption settings, and more. The Thunderbird team is also working hard to address "UI-slowness and general performance issues."

Mozilla Thunderbird is a free and open-source cross-platform email client, news client, RSS and chats client developed by the Mozilla Foundation. It is installed by default on Ubuntu desktop systems.

"We are looking at addressing Gmail label support and ensuring that other features specific to the Gmail experience translate well into Thunderbird. We are looking at improving notifications in Thunderbird, by better integrating with each operating system's built-in notification system. By working on this feature, Thunderbird will feel more 'native' on each desktop and will make managing notifications from the app easier. At the beginning of this year, we are going to be adding as many as six new members to our team. Most of these people, with the exception of this author, are engineers who will be focused on making Thunderbird more stable, faster, and easier to use," Ryan Sipes, Community Manager, Mozilla Thunderbird wrote in a blog post late on Wednesday.

The team is working towards addressing technical debt, UI-slowness, and general performance issues across the application (Thunderbird). They will be focusing on methods for testing and measuring slowness and working on solutions to address the pain points. They will also be working on faster technologies in rewriting parts of Thunderbird. They plan to focus on integration improvements in various areas. The team also plans to work on encrypting email and ensuring secure communication in upcoming releases. Filtering will be made contextual, which means the team will be adding the ability for pre-filter MIME processing so that filtering can work on a message representation instead of on the raw MIME. Thunderbird will remove the use of all calendar XPCOM components and will replace them with simple JavaScript classes. The calendar and tasks tabs will be self-contained and will be only using HTML.


Mozilla will prioritize Thunderbird's design and UX improvements, after receiving "considerable feedback" and complaints, with a primary focus on improving compatibility with Google's Gmail.

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