Mozilla Thunderbird 3 Beta 4 Released

mozilla_thunderbirdThe Mozilla Thunderbird development team (Mozilla Messaging) has released beta 4 of the upcoming Thunderbird 3 desktop email client. This new version of is available for download at the Mozilla Thunderbird website and are available for all supported operating systems like Microsoft Windows, Linux and Apple Macintosh and languages.

This release comes with many new features and improvements including a new email search feature with advanced filtering options, global search with autocomplete feature, smart folders, tabbed email messages, new add-ons manager (Tools > Add-ons) which can now be used to find, download, and install Thunderbird Add-ons which includes Extensions, Themes, and Plugins, improved address book, better Gmail integration with better recognition and integration of Gmail’s special folders such as Sent and Trash including non-English versions of Gmail and integration into Windows Vista’s search results. For Mac users, Thunderbird 3 beta 4 can import from, read your OS X address book, and use Growl for new mail alerts.

Improvements have been made to overall performance and stability as well as web compatibility and sustainability. The way IMAP connections are handled has been improved in this version of Thunderbird as well. Thunderbird can now download IMAP messages by default in the background to allow for faster message loading and better offline operation.

Users who are interested in the new version and want to test the new features can download it from the Mozilla Thunderbird website. As this release is still a beta version, the usual precautions should be taken and should not be used in a production environment. The full release notes can be found at this link.

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