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The people from Mozilla have recently released a new version of the award-winning Thunderbird e-mail client. If you are not satisfied with the features of Windows Mail or you are a fan of open-source software you should definitely try Thunderbird v2.0. This new version is available in over 35 languages and works on all recent version of Windows, including Windows Vista.
The list of new features is pretty impressive and includes the following:
We took Thunderbird 2.0 for a quick test and we must say that it feels like they have done a pretty good job with this update. We liked the new account creation wizard which makes things easier than ever, especially if you are a GMail user. All you have to do is type your username and password and Thunderbird will make all the appropriate settings for you. Also, the "find as you type" feature seems faster compared to the previous versions of Thunderbird. Another good thing is the fact that all your mail gets indexed in Windows Vista and you can find your e-mail messages directly from the Start Menu search box.
What we did not like about Thunderbird 2.0 is the fact that installing extensions is still a pretty tedious process. We also missed having a built-in calendar, like in Microsoft Outlook. However this is not a big issue as you can download and install an additional extension called Lightning which adds an integrated calendar.
If you decide to install Thunderbird 2.0 you should check out the Thunderbird Add-ons page. Here you will find a pretty comprehensive list of extensions and themes which add new functionality or change Thunderbird's appearance.
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