Mozilla Thunderbird Reaches 1.0

The Mozilla Foundation has released version 1.0 of its Thunderbird open source e-mail client, calling it the "perfect companion" to last month's Firefox debut. Thunderbird development has focused on features to stop spam and viruses that plague inboxes, as well as integrating useful tools such as an RSS news reader.

Thunderbird hits spam head on with adaptive filters built to learn from junk mail that manages to sneak through. For added security, the client also supports message encryption, digital signing, certificates, and security devices.

"We think people will benefit from our adaptive junk mail filters in addition to new features like saved search folders and RSS integration," said Scott MacGregor, lead Thunderbird engineer.

Following an approach similar to Firefox's migration support from Internet Explorer and Netscape, Thunderbird imports mail from Outlook, Outlook Express, Eudora, and Netscape Communicator. Like Firefox, Thunderbird also supports extensions that allow third parties to add on features such as synchronization with Palm powered devices.

"We view Thunderbird as a big step towards providing people with a better e-mail experience," said MacGregor.

Thunderbird 1.0 can be downloaded for Windows, Mac and Linux via FileForum.

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