Thunderbird 1.5 hits the net

Mozilla’s Thunderbird has hit the net today with version 1.5 of its popular free email client. I used Thunderbird for about six months as my mail client and was pretty pleased with it to be honest, though in saying that, I still haven’t used it in six months given my use of Microsoft Outlook in work. Might just be tempted to give it a test drive.


“Thunderbird enhances the overall e-mail experience, adding antiphishing capabilities to help keep people safer, while also integrating and simplifying access to new technologies, such as RSS,” Christopher Beard, Mozilla’s vice president of products, said in a statement.

Thunderbird 1.5 also aims to bolster its RSS support by letting people receive feed updates as e-mail messages. People can now access podcasts through a dialog box, which is tied to an application such as a Web browser or audio player.


  1. rob January 13, 2006 at 11:02 am

    I’ve been using Thunderbird for a while now and I have to say that I’m only half gone on it. When you tak einto account Firefox’s Live Bookmark feature, it makes Thunderbird’s RSS redundant. If they made it easier to add RSS feeds through say Firefox then you’d be talking. Mind you I’m on version 1.07 so maybe this ones a step up. I’m about to find out!

  2. Ken January 13, 2006 at 11:13 am

    Felt the same way about the earlier versions of Firefox. I’m quite happy with the ease of RSS in firefox, I’ve got 4 folders on the firefox bookmark bar which contain all my blog and news fields. There’s plugins for Outlook to handle RSS alright but I’d be interested in your feedback on it anyway!

  3. Sean January 13, 2006 at 11:44 pm

    i have always used outlook.. just because its there.. I think ill try thunderbird now..

  4. Ken January 14, 2006 at 12:47 am

    Always good to explore your options… at least then you can compare the two and decide whether its rubbish or not. Its got its advantages to be sure, have yet to install it myself, give it a whirl on the new machine. I like the ease of Outlook tho, been bred on it since we bought our first copy back in 97!

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