Mozilla is going to stop doing even light development on Thunderbird, the desktop email client. It’s a shame that they’re doing this but understandable as Firefox has been losing market share to Chrome and even Microsoft is open sourcing their web browser rendering engine.

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Thunderbird has always been a reliable email client, always just working and even making it easy to use webmail servers like Yahoo or GMail. I highly recommend that people use it.

My guess is that some developers who really like Thunderbird will hop in and keep developing it. Perhaps we’ll see a repeat of the LibreOffice/OpenOffice situation where the pace of development and bug fixes becomes very rapid.

It would be cool to see Thunderbird used as a place for experimentation too, perhaps being the one stop shop for handling notifications from other services like Slack or JIRA.

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