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Mozilla Thunderbird v68.5.0 (64-bit)

Minor update to the popular email client, but with a limited number of new features

by Nick Peers

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License: Open Source
Operating Systems: Linux, Mac OS X, Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Apple Mac requires Intel processor, OS X 10.5 (Leopard) or later 

Languages: Arabic, Breton, Chinese (Traditional), Dutch, English (British), English (US), Estonian, French, Frisian, Gaelic (Scotland), German, Icelandic, Irish (Ireland), Italian, Japanese, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Romansh, Russian, Slovak, Spanish (Argentina), Spanish (Spain), Swedish
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 12 February 2020
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Downloads To Date: 674
Developer: Mozilla
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Mozilla Thunderbird 68 (64-bit)
Major update to the popular email client, but with a limited number of new features

Thunderbird is an email client from Mozilla, the organisation better known for the Firefox web browser which has a great deal to offer. In addition to handling multiple email accounts, the program can also be used to subscribe to RSS feeds and access online newsgroups and a new tabbed interface makes it easy to jump between individual emails or different aspects of the program.

There are new tools available to make it easier to manage a burgeoning inbox Email archival makes it possible to remove messages from your main inbox while retaining them for future reference, and the advanced search facility takes the hard works out of tracking down messages using a keyword filtering and timeline system.

As is the case with Firefox, Thunderbird supports addons can be used to customise and extend the features of the program. Getting started with the email client has been greatly simplified thanks to automatic account setting detection and nice touches such as the appearance of a warning if an email is written which includes the word 'attached' but no attachment is added make Thunderbird a joy to use.

With advanced security, phishing protection and automatic updating, coupled with countless other features which are simply not found in other email clients, Thunderbird is the ideal program to handle your email correspondence and much more.

What's new in 68 (see release notes for more):

- NEW. File link attachments can now be linked to again instead of uploading them again
- NEW Mark all folders of an account as read
- NEW. Run filters periodically. Improved filter logging.
- NEW. OAuth2 authentication for Yandex
- NEW. Language packs can now be selected in the Advanced Options. Preference intl.multilingual.enabled needs to be set (and possibly also extensions.langpacks.signatures.required needs to be set to false)
- NEW. On Windows a 64bit installer and MSI package are now available, see the Thunderbird for Organisations page for details
- NEW. Added a policy engine that allows customized Thunderbird deployments in enterprise environments, using Windows Group Policy or a cross-platform JSON file
- NEW. TCP keepalive for IMAP protocol
- NEW. Full Unicode support for MAPI interfaces: New support for MAPISendMailW
- NEW. To protect your profile data against a downgrade, Thunderbird 68 may display a message "You have launched an older version of Thunderbird" and will not allow opening a specific profile. Workaround: start with option --allow-downgrade. See this support article for details.
- NEW. Calendar: Time zone data can now include past and future changes. All known time zone changes from 2018 to 2022 are included.
- NEW. Chat: In each conversation an individual spellcheck language can be selected now

Verdict:

Evolution rather than revolution is the buzzword for Thunderbird, but all the improvements are welcome, nonetheless. 

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