Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Thunderbird 3 beta 4

Let’s see what’s new in Thunderbird 3 beta 4, so Thunderbird 3 Beta 4 is based on the Gecko platform including some major redesigning to provide improved performance, stability, web compatibility, and code simplification and sustainability. There are over 200 changes in this release, many laying the groundwork for future changes.

Some of the changes are listed below:

  • New Search with Advanced Filtering Tools

    Search results now include advanced filtering tools. You have the option to filter your results by sender, tag, attachments, people, folder, and mailing list. You can also filter your email using the timeline tool.

  • New Global Search Field with Autocomplete

    Then typing in the Global Search field, Thunderbirdautocompletes against your address book. You have the option of searching everywhere or filtering against different parts of the email such as by subject or by sender.

  • New Mail Account Setup Wizard

The new Mail Account Setup Wizard matches against a database of email settings from popular mail providers so that you will only need to provide your name, email, and password to set up new mail accounts.

  • New Message Summary View

Selecting multiple messages will give you a summary view of the emails you have selected.

  • Improved Address Book

If someone is in your address book, it is indicated by a new star icon which you can click to edit contact details inline. If they are not in your address book, you can add them with one click of the icon. A new birthday field allows you to keep track of your friends’ birthdays. You can also add a photo for contacts in your address book.

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