Thunderbird 2 allows users easily to manage and organise email with tags, advanced folder views and fast inbox and message searches. Users can also customise Thunderbird 2 with add-ons that match individual preferences.
"Thunderbird 2 has powerful new features and proven security, delivering an improved email experience to users worldwide," said 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."
Tristan Nitot, president of Mozilla Europe, told vnunet.com that many improvements revolve around managing massive amounts of emails while still keeping it simple and appealing to a broad population.
Some of the most noticeable improvements include message tagging which allows users to organise emails by assigning multiple tags like 'From Mom' or 'Weekend Projects' to easily track and search for information.
Users can choose from default tags, such as Important, Personal, To-Do, Later and Work, or create their own custom tags. Users can also add as many tags as they want to a message.
Thunderbird 2 offers message history navigation similar to web browsing history navigation.
Firefox users will be used to the find-as-you-type pane, which starts showing search results as soon as users start typing in search terms.
Searches can also be saved with the results stored in virtual folders making them easy to find and access.
Thunderbird 2 users can also integrate and access popular web mail services by simply entering their user names and passwords.
Users can customise the client with free add-ons that change the look, feel and functionality of Thunderbird to suit their tastes as well add professional networking tools such as VoIP and shared address books.
According to Nitot, developers and ISPs are given a helping hand thanks to a range of new APIs to help create more powerful extensions for Thunderbird 2.
Thunderbird 2 is available now as a free download for Windows, Mac and Linux in more than 30 languages.
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