Thunderbird
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As of July 2012, Thunderbird has transitioned to a new governance model, with new features being developed by the broader free software and open source community, and security fixes and improvements handled by Mozilla.

Thunderbird is a free, open-source, cross-platform e-mail and news client developed by the Mozilla Foundation. The project strategy is modeled after Mozilla Firefox, a project aimed at creating a Web browser.
What's New
Version 24.4.0:
  • Security fixes
  • Several fixes to improve handling of BCC when replying to messages
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later





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Thunderbird User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 24.x:
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Jazzyguy reviewed on 22 Mar 2014
Great New version!
[Version 24.4.0]


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Jazzyguy reviewed on 18 Mar 2014
Great new Version
[Version 24.4.0]


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Broz reviewed on 05 Feb 2014
I like this email client, and currently use it as a substitute for Mail in Mavericks 10.9.1. It's solid, stable, and works well with the Exchange server at work (using plugin ExQuilla).
The biggest benefit right now is how it handles Google mail. Apple Mail has a real problem with Google mail due to the way Google has changed how it uses IMAP. For some reason, Thunderbird handles Google mail just fine.
I suspect Apple will fix Mail and release the fix in the next Mavericks update. I may switch back then, but I gotta say Thuderbird impresses me.
I'd give it 4 stars except the DANG RATING got stuck at 3.5 and I can't change it!
[Version 24.3.0]

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Xenophile replied on 22 Apr 2014
All the hard work and countless hours committed to Mozilla by open source developers...and you nail them on the rating because you're too lazy to figure out how to correct it.

Not cool, man. As a developer, I would much rather you abandoned the review instead of shorting me on the rating because you found it too confusing.
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Bousozoku reviewed on 05 Feb 2014
So much has changed. In 1995, I was barely browsing the internet and getting my e-mail through CompuServe. In just a few years, I was using Claris em@iler and then, Eudora. One of Eudora's many bugs re-arranged the mail I could see, and I switched to Thunderbird.

The one reason I use Thunderbird is history. While I delete the majority of e-mail, there are certain things I need to keep, so it's good to have an e-mail client that not only allows keeping e-mail, but to allow me to search it quickly--and never misplaces any of it.
[Version 24.3.0]


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Mbt commented on 05 Feb 2014
Interesting that the release version is still at 24.x because the beta is up to 27.0. I've found the beta to be completely stable, and presumably they are based on the latest betas of Firefox.
[Version 24.3.0]


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JCH2 commented on 21 Nov 2013
Interesting. I thought this project was put to rest forever, but I'm glad to see it is still receiving some attention.
[Version 24.1.1]

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bbw7 replied on 18 Dec 2013
Yes, indeed. I thought any updates would only be security fixes, but the description at the top here seems to suggest that there will be ongoing, open development.

Never understood why development was going to cease. It's a very good, simple to use, and comprehensive email client.
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+89
Bousozoku replied on 05 Feb 2014
They just didn't see the need to put serious money into it when many people use their web browser (or mobile device) to view their e-mail.

If there was a Google mail client on the desktop, there might not be a continuing Thunderbird.
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-4

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Jazzyguy reviewed on 20 Nov 2013
This version is great and extremely easy to use. I feel the interface is easy to view my mail and newsgroups. I like it better than some Newsreaders that are not compatible with Mavericks.
[Version 24.1.1]


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+48
Diarbyrag commented on 20 Nov 2013
The Related Links link just gives you a 404 on Mozilla site now, is it actually available in other languages anymore ?
[Version 24.1.1]

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+14
Chrisdaemon replied on 20 Nov 2013
Yes, here...
http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Thunderbird+download+localized

or directly at...
http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/all.html

Alternatively, you can also go here via web-browser (or FTP program of your choice)...
ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/thunderbird/releases/24.1.1/mac/
and download in the language of your choice (abbreviated language code) with additional localizations in the "xpi" folder.
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+48
Diarbyrag replied on 20 Nov 2013
Thanks Chris, just the job
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+19

dufreyne reviewed on 01 Nov 2013
Great because I'm using it on both Windows & Mac, exactly with the same profile for 6 years. There's lots of unfixed issues though, but i got used to them.
[Version 24.1.0]


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Jazzyguy reviewed on 30 Oct 2013
Excellent app. I like it because it is simple to use and easy to use. It may not be as exclusive as Airmail but it is very useable.
[Version 24.1.0]


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El Puma had trouble on 19 Aug 2007
Just updated T-bird to 2.0.0.6 - now it hangs up on start - white page w/permanent beach ball you have to force-quit to get out of. Canned the stored (updated) version, downloaded entire new program, same result...any ideas?

Cheers-

El Puma
[Version 2.0.0.6]


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triggerfish had trouble on 01 Apr 2007
anyone been able to configure thunderbird (osx) to receive/subscribe to rss feeds?

is this a windows only feature?
[Version 2.0b2]


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jdmyers had trouble on 14 Dec 2006
Is Thunderbird slow for anyone else when you delete a mail message with an even moderately large attachment, say 2 MBs? Quite annoying. I just wanted to see if anyone else saw this.
[Version 2.0b1]


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Eric-Woehler had trouble on 27 Oct 2006
Found the solution for SLOW opening etc on mozillazine forums under the topic 'slow opening':

"There is a current bug which adds spurious lines to your pref.js file every time you open your address book, or load the contact sidebar. When enough of these amass, they can slow down initial address book/contact sidebar loading. See https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=230580

The bug will be fixed in release 2.0. Meanwhile, you may need to clean out your prefs.js file to remove the spurious lines.

With TBird CLOSED, go to your profile, and make a backup copy of your prefs.js file that you can revert to in case of problems. Then open prefs.js in a plain text editor (NOT a word processor like MSWord, Windows' Notepad will do). Find and delete any line with the string servers._nonascii_ in it. If it has gotten bad enough for the slowdown to be noticeable, you probably have hundreds of them.

Save the file under its original filename and location. If the editor you're using gives you a choice of formats, choose plain text or ascii."

IT WORKS: the original posting was by 'makaiguy ' - for further info, search the forums for "slow opening" - just passing on the info to others who are experiencing this bug..

solution above works - I had almost 2000 lines of junk in my prefs file. deleted them and Thunderbird is back to its snappy self.
[Version 1.5.0.7]

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smtips replied on 12 Dec 2006
So why are they there in the first place? A known bug that has to be fixed by the USER? What kind of crap is this? I too refuse to upgrade, Firefox 2 is garbage and so is Tbird...yep I tried it for a short time, and my fonts displays were totally screwed up, it was slower, and it wouldn't support Walnut theme, or Walnut theme wouldn't support it.
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Twister1 had trouble on 08 Aug 2003
This is cool but when i close the main window i can't figure out how to open it again without quitting and restarting!! how annoying. However it looks promising. It's only 0.1.
[Version 0.1]



Undeadpony rated on 14 Apr 2014

[Version 24.4.0]



-1

JeremyHale rated on 03 Apr 2014

[Version 24.4.0]



Hate_Mac_Update_Privacy_Policy rated on 20 Feb 2014

[Version 24.3.0]



-1

Jf2 rated on 23 Jan 2014

[Version 24.2.0]



+8

Rasputinsrevengereloadet rated on 18 Dec 2013

[Version 24.2.0]



+14

Chrisdaemon rated on 20 Nov 2013

[Version 24.1.1]



-10

Insecure-Software rated on 31 Oct 2013

[Version 24.1.0]



+63

Bleech_Jef rated on 17 May 2013

[Version 17.0.6]



+1

Shadokuss rated on 07 Jan 2013

[Version 17.0]



Johnrm9 rated on 13 Oct 2012

[Version 16.0.1]


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Date:18 Mar 2014
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As of July 2012, Thunderbird has transitioned to a new governance model, with new features being developed by the broader free software and open source community, and security fixes and improvements handled by Mozilla.

Thunderbird is a free, open-source, cross-platform e-mail and news client developed by the Mozilla Foundation. The project strategy is modeled after Mozilla Firefox, a project aimed at creating a Web browser.


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