Thunderbird 60 Released

Thunderbird, one of the best open source email clients got updated today. The new version is 60 and I would like to share with you what is new in this version.

Thunderbird 60

Thunderbird is my preferred email client of choice. I use this app on every PC and on every operating system I use. It is stable, contains all the features you need, supports add-ons and also comes with a useful RSS reader. I am using Thunderbird for many years and never felt the need to look for an alternative.

As you may know, Thunderbird used to be Mozilla's project but Mozilla decided to discontinue development on it. Now it is developed only by community members, so new releases appear more slowly than they used to in the Mozilla era.

Thunderbird 60 features lots of notable changes

  1. A new Phonon user interface.
  2. Improved the Lightning fature. Lightning implements a calendar for Thunderbird. It is close to the calendar you get in Microsoft Outlook. Now Lightning will allow you to copy, paste, cut, or delete the selected events. Also, it can automatically send a notification about the upcoming meeting.
  3. Version 60 will only run extensions that are marked as compatible with Thunderbird 60.0 explicitly.
  4. Customizable templates for email messages.
  5. A new hotkey Alt+M to quickly open the Manage attachments panel.
  6. A new popup button to quickly delete addresses from the To/Cc/Bcc fields.
  7. Many improvements made to the Address Book, and message formatting. E.g. you can press and hold the Shift key while editing a draft to convert your message from Plain Text to HTML and vice versa.

So, the release of Thunderbird 60 looks very interesting. However, there is a glitch. Thanks to the add-on format change, there is no working 'minimize to tray' extension at the time of this writing. You might be missing some other add-ons too.

You can grab Thunderbird 60 using the following link:

Download Thunderbird 60

You will see a number of folders. Click on one of the following folders:

  • win32 - Thunderbird for Windows 32-bit
  • win64 -Thunderbird for Windows 64-bit
  • linux-i686 -Thunderbird for 32-bit Linux
  • linux-x86_64 -Thunderbird for 64-bit Linux
  • mac -Thunderbird for macOS

Each folder has subfolders organized by the app language. Click on the desired language and download the installer.

That's it.

2 thoughts on “Thunderbird 60 Released

  1. Shyam Reddy

    Thanks Sergey! Any chance of thunderbird allowing ms exchange accounts?

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  2. Norman

    I love Thunderbird too for exactly the same reasons as you!

    The only thing that is annoying in my view is the lack of proper phone and calendar integration, for example even a simple integration with stand-alone services like Google Calendar. I tried using the Google provider add-on and the other known method and both have very important issues in some situations. Every time you open an appointment, it will send a meeting update even if you didn’t change anything and without warning you if you press Ok instead of clicking X. This whole thing needs much more polish. Right now, there doesn’t seem to be a way to reliably work with Thunderbird using both a pop email account and a separate Google Calendar that you keep in sync and can use to send and receive invites, all synced to Lightning.

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