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Thunderbird 3.1 Announces its Arrival with a Thunder!

Mozilla Messaging has just delighted its users with the release of the new Thunderbird 3.1. The new version has some notable changes that not only enhance user experience but also make life a lot easier for those busy people whose requirements were not being fully met with the older version of thunderbird. Some of the important changes that are worth mentioning can be found below.

Migration to the new version

The migration assistant helps you transition smoothly from Thunderbird 2 to Thunderbird 3.1. Those users who want to maintain their old settings or seem uncomfortable with the new ones can easily chose which settings to retain and which settings to discard. In fact you do not even need a thunderbird 2 profile to use the migration assistant. You may however need to restart thunderbird3.1 after using the migration assistant to make sure that the changes you made have taken effect properly.

Quick Filter Bar

Here comes the most important and famous feature of all. The new Quick Filter bar is designed to provide the user with the ultimate in content searching. It makes it quite simple to filter and search the contents of the current folder. Compared to the drop down menu used in the older version, the new Filter bar allows you to select each item individually resulting in a more comprehensive search, eventually providing you with improved results. The Quick filter search is also independent from Golda, much to the relief of those users who found its use unpleasing. A huge advantage of this bar is that it does not require any synchronization. It achieves this by performing the message body searches on IMAP folders on the server. One drawback of this bar is that it looks a bit sloppy on Linux with the odd coloring at its borders. Apart from that, the quick filter bar provides everything you could dream of.

Improved Messaging

With the new Thunderbird 3.1, you can store your messages under different categories such as read, unread, starred or messages with attachments etc. The message list can change colors depending on the state of your search, For example, a yellow colored list will indicate that the search is still running and the list may be incomplete. The archiving of messages and use of threads has become even better than the previous versions enabling users to categorize their old messages with clarity. This reduces a lot of hassle once a user tries to look for an old archived message.

Smart Connection Notifications

Previously, time-out or other connection related issues would prompt a user immediately and would require the user to press the OK button. This time however, the user will be notified with a slide-in message that will serve the purpose of immediately notifying the ser without bothering him much. If the messages show up too frequently due to an unreliable line, you can suppress them by adding a simple piece of code. In this manner, the new Thunderbird provides the ultimate in user experience without compromising much on its features.

A Glimpse at Thunderbird 3.1 Newest Features

Mozilla is quick on its feet to meet its projected deadlines, as it has released the final version of Thunderbird 3.1. Thunderbird has been one of the most popular e-mail and messaging platforms from Mozilla. No wonder, actually, since Thunderbird offers versatile features for those who have more than one e-mail account to monitor throughout the day. And who has only one e-mail account nowadays?

For those who are already hooked with Thunderbird, new features and enhancements come with the latest release. And for those who haven’t ventured and tinkered with Thunderbird, here’s a list of features that would entice you to join many Thunderbird aficionados.

First off, using an e-mail and messaging client is a faster way of managing your e-mails. Some would argue that there’s no need for Thunderbird or Outlook even since they can easily navigate through individual tabs of their e-mail clients instead. A reasonable and very practical solution if you have at most three e-mails there. A tedious task if you’re the type who has to have everything segregated: personal e-mail, subscription e-mail, work e-mail, online banking e-mail and a host of other purposes for separated e-mails.

With Thunderbird, you can have all your e-mails in one simple application. Probably the most attractive feature it has had for quite a long time is you can view your e-mails offline. Since a copy of your e-mail is directly downloaded to your computer’s hard drive, you can access your previous messages and attachments even if your Internet connection fails.

That being said, what does Thunderbird has to offer with this update?


Thunderbird’s default interface has always been spartan from the first day of its inception. IF you’re looking for something that will jazz up your desktop, Thunderbird might not have the right pizzazz aesthetic-wise. But what’s good about the Thunderbird community is that they can easily churn out themes that can overcome this.

Navigating through it is quite easy because it has a user intuitive design much like your online e-mail clients—sans the advertisements. Thunderbird automatically blocks content that can slow down displaying your e-mail. You can easily view the content by clicking the Show Remote Content button.

In the 3.1 upgrade, the default color for a new message in the inbox has changed to a darker shade of blue. The default fonts have also changed to a larger font.

Quick Filter

Probably the most interesting addition to this updated version is the Quick Filter toolbar. Now you can easily wade through your e-mails by clicking a special button for only displaying messages that you have tagged, messages from people on your address book, messages with attachments with them, unread messages and messages that you have starred.

At the end of the toolbar you can use the search bar for specific messages containing your keyword. This process automatically opens up a new tab in Thunderbird displaying all instances of your keyword. You can further screen your search by choosing more filters.

This addition will really improve the experience with regards to plowing through months of e-mail.

Bug Fixes

Thunderbird v.3 has seen its not-so-glorious days. Many Thunderbird enthusiasts have opted to bail out of this update and re-install the prior version because of the bugs that crawled throughout its system. One apparent complaint was the never-ending indexing that they had encountered with this version. There were times when messages got re-reported and indexed in the inbox again and again, causing the inbox to fill with repetitive messages.

The Mozilla team assigned to Thunderbird development has promised that this bug and a myriad of other bugs have been dealt with.

Here comes the interesting part. Looking at new specifications required to run the newer version, it is obvious that the application has brought some heft to its resource usage.


Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows 7

Minimum Hardware

Pentium 233 MHz (Recommended: Pentium 500MHz or greater)

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP: 786 MB RAM (Recommended: 1GB RAM or greater)

Windows 2000: 256 MB RAM (Recommended: 512 MB RAM or greater)

52 MB hard drive space

Did you notice the 1 GB RAM or greater requirement there?

Improved Migration

With bugs fixed, migrating to version 3.1 from later versions can be smoother. Unlike the experience with the update from version 2.x to 3.0, Thunderbird promises that there would be less problems encountered when you update to the latest version.

You can actually keep your add-ons with the update—provided that they support the newer versions. Otherwise these add-ons will be de-activated. Other preferences and customizations you have worked on the later versions can definitely be migrated to 3.1

Bigger and Better Set Up Wizard

Thunderbird 3.1 has added default options for setting up accounts in over a hundred ISPs and mail clients. This makes setting up your accounts to work with Thunderbird easier.

As always, the best thing about Thunderbird or anything that Mozilla churns out is it’s free and can be developed by others through add-ons and extensions. But if you’re working with your Paleolithic (computer time) desktops with less than 1 GB RAM, you have every right to think about purchasing more RAM just to meet Thunderbirds specifications.

Although, upgrading to a higher capacity RAM would do great for your computer’s sluggish performance. After all, if you’re using Vista or Windows 7 almost every application that runs under it requires 1 GB as a minimum requirement.

`Lorentz’ and `Lanikai’ – The latest inventions of Mozilla which are due for their grand release

The novel beta test builds essentially known as Firefox 3.6.4 and Thunderbird 3.1, which is popularly given code names Lorentz and Lanikai respectively, will be released very soon. These are the updated wonders of the esteemed company Mozilla. Mozilla is undoubtedly the gigantic based company and has been diversely integrated since many years in offering the latest versions of web browsing and e-mailing. Now, with the inventions of its two incomparable test builds, Mozilla has certainly got into a higher bump which truly makes it much ahead of others. Mozilla has grandly taken this new leap on Wednesday.

Mozilla has spaciously presented its most recent features that are highly discovered to be much more stable than the earlier versions. The Firefox 3.6.4 beta and Thunderbird 3.1 beta 2, both are the topmost features not only suitable for Windows and Mac but also for Linux.  Firefox 3.6.4 is a marvelous integration that covers the many anticipated features of Out-of-Process-Plug-in. This tool is effectively superb because it greatly prevents the crashing of plug-in not only from the System Flash of Adobe, and Quick time of Apple but also Silver light of Microsoft to effectively bring down the complete browser. However, the essential factor involved is that, it will continue to fix up the bugs that are greatly related to OOPPS, which stands for Out-Of-Process-Plug-ins. It, however, includes about a dozen that are being marked as the critical. Mozilla Company has scheduled to release its most awaited Firefox 3.6.4 in the second week of May.

Nevertheless, Thunderbird 3.1 beta 2 has a marvelous feature of introducing multiple fixes. The new build will continue its effectiveness to improve the process of migration from Thunderbird 2, which was reported by many users to be buggy and problematic. Thunderbird 3.1 beta 2 is efficiently being sported with the novel and unique features like auto-complete, utilization of tab and last but not least the activity manager. Moreover, there is a tremendous improvement of stability and leakage memory. The beta version has definitely made few minor changes in the interface. It has primarily improved the font selection that is default. Surprisingly, the Thunderbird beta build is released on time and the keen users can expect a release candidate for Thunderbird 3.1 beta 2 in another two weeks. The final version will certainly be available in the beginning of June.

Thus, it is inevitable that the two tests builds of Mozilla the Firefox 3.6.4 and Thunderbird 3.1 beta 2, which are popularly coded as Lorentz and Lanikai are to bring the novel change in the effectiveness of the PC technology. These two latest versions which are to be released very soon this year; Firefox 3.6.4 beta in the second week of May and Thunderbird 3.1 beta 2 probably by beginning of June will certainly make a major improvement in the total stability, leakage of the systems bringing about the unparallel improvement in the working of the systems worldwide.

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