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Thunderbird Version 17.0

By December 9, 2012

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The popular email and news client software Thunderbird, developed as part of the Mozilla project, has been updated to version 17.0, which offers a menu button to new users, fixes spelling and email download bugs, and has improved performance.

Thunderbird is an advanced, full featured open source email program that is easy to set up and runs on Linux and other major platforms. It provides an alternative to email software like Evolution, Eudora, Mail, and Outlook. Some people use different email clients simultaneously to avoid mixing up emails from different groups of people, as each software provides a different look-and-feel.

Thunderbird includes a migration tool to simplify transfer of data and settings from other mail clients. You don't need to know the IMAP, SMTP, and SSL/TLS settings of your email server, instead you can enter your name, email address, and password. The Thunderbird setup wizard then uses this information to find out the correct settings.

Other cool features include the option to add a new contact to the address book with a click on the star in the incoming message, the attachment reminder, which scans your message for the word "attachment", and the capability to print summaries of selected emails.. The user interface is organized with tabs that can be reordered or dragged to other Thunderbird windows.

For more information see the release notes on the project web site. Version numbering and release dates of Thunderbird have been synchronized with Firefox.

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