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Mozilla Gears Up To Introduce New Thunderbird Update

Mozilla Messaging is all set to unveil a near-complete version of its free email software update, codenamed as ‘Thunderbird 3’, by as early as next week.

The email-oriented subsidiary of the Mozilla Foundation is reportedly planning to issue the first release candidate of its signature email client by around Monday next week, with the complete version of the software on the cards by the end of the month.

The latest update of the software would be bringing a host of new features and refinements to its existing capabilities.

Of its newly added features, the email client would now enable users to open a part of an email in a new tab, same as the Firefox tabbed browser lets users keep a Web window open, which comes as a significant improvement over the existing Thunderbird version.

Another notable improvement is the addition of a more sophisticated search engine, which would allow users to search across various folders, elaborate their queries in search results, and even display a timeline to assist users locate messages when search results are considerably large in number.

In addition, the email software is also revamped to offer better offline functionality and enhanced speeds, owing to the improvements in Gekko web page rendering engine as well graphic infrastructure incorporated in Firefox.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.