History of Mozilla Thunderbird

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Mozilla Thunderbird was originally launched as Minotaur, shortly after Phoenix (the original name for Mozilla Firefox); the project failed to gain momentum. With the success of the Mozilla Firefox, however, demand increased for a mail client to go with it, and the work on Minotaur was revived under the new name of Thunderbird, and migrated to the new toolkit developed by the Firefox team.

Early beginnings: A simple email and news client[edit]

Various logos used during the development of Thunderbird

Significant work on Thunderbird restarted with the announcement that from version 1.5 onwards, the main Mozilla suite would be designed around separate applications using this new toolkit. This contrasts with the previous all-in-one approach, and will hopefully lead to more efficient and maintainable code, as well as allowing users to mix and match the Mozilla applications with alternatives.

The original Thunderbird logo was just a modified Firebird logo, with a simple shifting of hue value from red to blue. In 2004, together with the change of Firefox's visual identity by Jon Hicks, a more professional logo that is currently in use was introduced.

Release history[edit]

Color chart

Colour Meaning
Red Former release; no longer supported
Pink Former test release
Yellow Former release; still supported
Green Current supported release
Blue Future release
Gold Current test release
Purple Future test release

Current supported releases

Thunderbird 31.1.1

Current test releases[1]

Thunderbird 33 Beta
Thunderbird 34 Earlybird
Thunderbird 35 Daily
Name Gecko version Version Codename Release date[1] Significant changes
Thunderbird 1.5 0.1 July 28, 2003 First release.[2]
0.2 September 3, 2003 [3]
0.3 October 17, 2003 [4]
1.6 0.4 December 7, 2003 [5]
0.5 February 9, 2004 [6]
1.7 0.6 May 3, 2004 Pinstripe theme for Mac OS X, Windows installer, better junk mail handling, IMAP IDLE and LDAP version 3 support.[7]
0.7 June 16, 2004 Smaller download size, improved IMAP support, updated extension and theme managers.[8]
0.7.1 June 28, 2004 Bugfix release.
0.7.2 July 8, 2004 Vulnerability patch (Windows only).
0.7.3 August 4, 2004 Vulnerability patch.[9]
0.8 September 14, 2004 Improved Privacy Controls, Global Inbox, RSS/Atom Integration, Improved data migration. Improved spell checker support.[10]
0.9 November 3, 2004 More RSS integration. Favorite folders. Menu and dialog polish. Message list groups. Virtual folders.[11]
Thunderbird 1 1.0 RC1 Thunderbird 1.0
Release Candidate 1
December 1, 2004 First Thunderbird release candidate. Bug fixing. Improved theme. Polish work.[12]
1.0 Thunderbird 1.0 December 7, 2004 Official version 1.0 release.[13]
1.0.21 March 21, 2005 Security and stability update.[14]
1.0.52 July 13, 2005 Security and stability update.[15]
1.0.6 July 19, 2005 Stability update.[16]
1.0.7 September 29, 2005 Security and stability update.[17]
1.0.8 April 21, 2006 Security and stability update.[18] End-of-life 1.0.x product line
Thunderbird 1.5 1.8 1.1a1 Thunderbird 1.1 Alpha 1 June 2, 2005 First Thunderbird 1.1 alpha release. Stability improvement and security fixes.[19]
1.1a2 Thunderbird 1.1 Alpha 2 July 15, 2005 Second Thunderbird 1.1 alpha release.[20]
1.5b1 Thunderbird 1.5 Beta 1 September 9, 2005 First Thunderbird 1.5 beta release. New update system (binary patch).[21]
1.5b2 Thunderbird 1.5 Beta 2 October 7, 2005 Second Thunderbird 1.5 beta release. Improvements to automated update system, website rendering and performance. Several security fixes.[22]
1.5 RC1 Thunderbird 1.5
Release Candidate 1
November 5, 2005 First Thunderbird 1.5 release candidate.[23]
1.5 RC2 Thunderbird 1.5
Release Candidate 2
December 21, 2005 Second Thunderbird 1.5 release candidate.[24]
1.5 Thunderbird 1.5 January 11, 2006 Official version 1.5 release. Identical to 1.5 RC2.[25]
1.5.0.23 April 21, 2006 Security and stability update.[26]
1.5.0.44 June 1, 2006 Security and stability update. Native support for Intel-based Macintosh computers by shipping universal binary.[27]
1.5.0.5 July 27, 2006 Security and stability update.[28]
1.5.0.75 September 14, 2006 Security and stability update.[29]
1.5.0.8 November 8, 2006 Security and stability update.[30]
1.5.0.9 December 19, 2006 Security and stability update.[31]
1.5.0.10 March 1, 2007 Security and stability update.[32]
1.5.0.126 May 30, 2007 Security and stability update.[33]
1.5.0.13 August 23, 2007 Security and stability update.[34]
1.5.0.14 December 19, 2007 Security and stability update.[35] End-of-life 1.5.0.x product line
Thunderbird 2 1.8.1 2.0a1 Thunderbird 2.0 Alpha 1 July 28, 2006 First Thunderbird 2 alpha release. Message Tags. Folder Views including favorite folders. Improved new mail notification alerts. New Windows installer based on Nullsoft Scriptable Install System. Find As You Type in the message pane. New combined and improved Add-ons manager for extensions and themes. Updates to the extension system to provide enhanced security and to allow for easier localization of extensions.[36]
2.0b1 Thunderbird 2.0 Beta 1 December 12, 2006 First Thunderbird 2 beta release. Improved theme. Session history navigation. Improved offline management. Folder summary popups. Improved performance in saved search folders. Improved filing tools.[37]
2.0b2 Thunderbird 2.0 Beta 2 January 23, 2007 Second Thunderbird 2 beta release.[38]
2.0 RC1 Thunderbird 2.0
Release Candidate 1
April 6, 2007 First Thunderbird 2 release candidate.[39]
2.0 Thunderbird 2.0 April 18, 2007 Official version 2.0 release. Identical to 2.0 RC1. Windows Vista support, message tags, new visual theme, improved extension support, improved new email notifications, folder summary pop-ups, find text in messages search tool, new Windows installer, easy access to popular email services, advanced folder views, session history navigation, and saved search folder performance.[40]
2.0.0.47 June 14, 2007 Security and stability update. Korean locale was added.[41]
2.0.0.5 July 19, 2007 Security and stability update.[42]
2.0.0.6 August 1, 2007 Security and stability update.[43]
2.0.0.98 November 14, 2007 Security and stability update. Hebrew locale was added.[44]
2.0.0.129 February 26, 2008 Security and stability update. Afrikaans and Ukrainian locales were added.[45]
2.0.0.14 May 1, 2008 Security and stability update.

Includes fixes that would have been part of Thunderbird 2.0.0.13 which was officially abandoned on April 14, 2008.[46]

2.0.0.16 July 23, 2008 Security and stability update.

Replacement for Thunderbird 2.0.0.15 which was officially abandoned on June 27, 2008.[47]

2.0.0.17 September 25, 2008 Security and stability update.[48]
2.0.0.18 November 19, 2008 Security and stability update.[49]
2.0.0.19 December 30, 2008 Security and stability update. Shipped with equivalent fixes to Firefox 2.0.0.20.[50]
2.0.0.2110 March 18, 2009 Security and stability update.[51]
2.0.0.22 June 22, 2009 Security and stability update.[52]
2.0.0.23 August 20, 2009 Security and stability update.[53]
2.0.0.24 March 15, 2010 Security and stability update.[54] End-of-life 2.0.0.x product line
Thunderbird 3 1.9 3.0a1 Shredder Alpha 1 May 13, 2008 First Thunderbird 3 alpha release.[55]
3.0a2 Shredder Alpha 2 August 12, 2008 Second Thunderbird 3 alpha release.[56]
1.9.1 3.0a3 Shredder Alpha 3 October 14, 2008 Third Thunderbird 3 alpha release.[57]
3.0b1 Thunderbird 3.0 Beta 1 December 9, 2008 First Thunderbird 3 beta release.[58]
3.0b2 Thunderbird 3.0 Beta 2 February 26, 2009 Second Thunderbird 3 beta release.[59]
3.0b3 Thunderbird 3.0 Beta 3 July 21, 2009 Third Thunderbird 3 beta release. Major features added, theme redesigns.[60]
3.0b4 Thunderbird 3.0 Beta 4 September 22, 2009 Fourth Thunderbird 3 beta release. New Gloda search functionality enabled.[61]
3.0 RC1 Thunderbird 3.0
Release Candidate 1
November 24, 2009 First Thunderbird 3 release candidate.[62]
3.0 RC2 Thunderbird 3.0
Release Candidate 2
December 1, 2009 Second Thunderbird 3 release candidate.[63]
3.0 Thunderbird 3.0 December 8, 2009 Official version 3.0 release.[64]
3.0.1 January 20, 2010 Regular security and stability update.[65]
3.0.2 February 25, 2010 Regular security and stability update.[66]
3.0.3 March 1, 2010 Off-cycle stability update. Fix for missing folders or empty folder panel after updating to Thunderbird 3.0.2.[67]
3.0.4 March 30, 2010 Regular security and stability update.[68]
3.0.5 June 17, 2010 Off-cycle stability update. Improves the performance of indexing messages and accessing profiles stored on a network as well as the unread email notification on Mac OS X. Several fixes to the user interface.[69]
3.0.6 July 20, 2010 Regular security and stability update.[70]
3.0.7 September 7, 2010 Regular security and stability update.[71]
3.0.8 September 16, 2010 Off-cycle stability update.[72]
3.0.9 October 19, 2010 Regular security and stability update.[73]
3.0.10 October 27, 2010 Off-cycle security update.[74]
3.0.11 December 9, 2010 Regular security and stability update.[75] End-of-life 3.0.x product line
Thunderbird 3.1 1.9.2 3.1a1 Lanikai Alpha 1 February 3, 2010 First Thunderbird 3.1 alpha release.[76]
3.1b1 Thunderbird 3.1 Beta 1 March 10, 2010 First Thunderbird 3.1 beta release.[77]
3.1b2 Thunderbird 3.1 Beta 2 May 5, 2010 Second Thunderbird 3.1 beta release.[78]
3.1 RC1 Thunderbird 3.1
Release Candidate 1
May 27, 2010 First Thunderbird 3.1 release candidate.[79]
3.1 RC2 Thunderbird 3.1
Release Candidate 2
June 9, 2010 Second Thunderbird 3.1 release candidate.[80]
3.1 Thunderbird 3.1 June 24, 2010 Official version 3.1 release.[81]
3.1.1 July 20, 2010 Regular security and stability update.[82]
3.1.2 August 5, 2010 Off-cycle stability update.[83]
3.1.3 September 7, 2010 Regular security and stability update.[84]
3.1.4 September 16, 2010 Off-cycle stability update.[85]
3.1.5 October 19, 2010 Regular security and stability update.[86]
3.1.6 October 27, 2010 Off-cycle security update.[87]
3.1.7 December 9, 2010 Regular security and stability update.[88]
3.1.8 March 1, 2011 Regular security and stability update.[89]
3.1.9 March 4, 2011 Off-cycle stability update. Fixed post-update crash affecting some users.[90]
3.1.10 April 28, 2011 Regular security and stability update.[91]
3.1.11 June 21, 2011 Regular security and stability update.[92]
3.1.12 August 16, 2011 Regular security and stability update.[93]
3.1.13 August 31, 2011 Off-cycle security update.[94]
3.1.14 September 6, 2011 Off-cycle security update.[95]
3.1.15 September 27, 2011 Regular security and stability update.[96]
3.1.16 November 8, 2011 Regular security and stability update.[97]
3.1.17 December 20, 2011 Regular security and stability update.[98]
3.1.18 January 31, 2012 Regular security and stability update.[99]
3.1.19 February 16, 2012 Regular security and stability update.[100]
3.1.20 March 12, 2012 Regular security and stability update.[101] End-of-life 3.1.x product line on April 24, 2012.
Thunderbird 5 2.0 3.3a1 Miramar Alpha 1 November 23, 2010 First Thunderbird 3.3 alpha release.[102]
3.3a2 Miramar Alpha 2 January 20, 2011 Second Thunderbird 3.3 alpha release.[103]
3.3a3 Miramar Alpha 3 March 15, 2011 Third Thunderbird 3.3 alpha release.[104]
5.0 5.0b1 Thunderbird 5.0 Beta 1 June 2, 2011 First Thunderbird 5.0 beta release.[105]
5.0b2 Thunderbird 5.0 Beta 2 June 22, 2011 Second Thunderbird 5.0 beta release.[106]
5.0 Thunderbird 5.0 June 28, 2011 New features including Add-ons Manager, New Troubleshooting Information page; Revised account creation wizard, Tabs can now be reordered and dragged to different windows, Attachment sizes now displayed along with attachments, Plugins can now be loaded in RSS feeds by default; Over 390 platform fixes that improve speed, performance, stability and security, including improved responsiveness and faster start-up, theme fixes for Windows Vista and Windows 7, and support for Mac 32/64 bit Universal builds; End of Support for PowerPC-based Apple Computers.[107]

End-of-life 5.0.x product line on August 16, 2011.

Thunderbird 6 6.0 6.0a2 Thunderbird 6.0 Earlybird June 16, 2011 First Thunderbird 6.0 Earlybird build.[108]
6.0b1 Thunderbird 6.0 Beta 1 July 20, 2011 First Thunderbird 6.0 beta release.[109][110]
6.0b2 Thunderbird 6.0 Beta 2 August 2, 2011 Second Thunderbird 6.0 beta release.[111]
6.0b3 Thunderbird 6.0 Beta 3 August 10, 2011 Third Thunderbird 6.0 beta release.[112]
6.0 Thunderbird 6.0 August 16, 2011 Based on Gecko 6 engine as well as fixes to user interview and security; platform fixes that improve speed, performance and stability; Windows 7 support adds jump lists and includes several theme improvements; fixes to improve importing email from Microsoft Outlook; for Linux, default mail client check works with newer distributions[113][114]
6.0.1 Thunderbird 6.0.1 August 31, 2011 Off-cycle security update.[115]
6.0.2 Thunderbird 6.0.2 September 6, 2011 Off-cycle security update.[116]

End-of-life 6.0.x product line on September 27, 2011.

Thunderbird 7 7.0 7.0a1 Thunderbird 7.0 Nightly May 27, 2011 First Thunderbird 7.0 Nightly build.[117]
7.0a2 Thunderbird 7.0 Earlybird July 6, 2011 First Thunderbird 7.0 Earlybird build.[118]
7.0b1 Thunderbird 7.0 Beta 1 August 26, 2011 First Thunderbird 7.0 beta release.[119][120]
7.0b2 Thunderbird 7.0 Beta 2 September 6, 2011 Second Thunderbird 7.0 beta release.[121]
7.0b3 Thunderbird 7.0 Beta 3 September 20, 2011 Third Thunderbird 7.0 beta release.[122]
7.0 Thunderbird 7.0 September 27, 2011 Based on Gecko 7 engine as well as fixes to user interview and security; support for printing summary of selected email messages; fixes to attachment handling; platform-specific improvements to Address Book[123][124]
7.0.1 Thunderbird 7.0.1 September 30, 2011 Off-cycle stability update. Fixed a rare issue where some users could find one or more of their add-ons hidden after a Thunderbird update.[125][126]

End-of-life 7.0.x product line on November 8, 2011.

Thunderbird 8 8.0 8.0a1 Thunderbird 8.0 Nightly July 6, 2011 First Thunderbird 8.0 Nightly build.[127]
8.0a2 Thunderbird 8.0 Earlybird August 17, 2011 First Thunderbird 8.0 Earlybird build.[128]
8.0b1 Thunderbird 8.0 Beta 1 October 4, 2011 First Thunderbird 8.0 beta release.[129][130]
8.0b2 Thunderbird 8.0 Beta 2 October 12, 2011 Second Thunderbird 8.0 beta release.
8.0b3 Thunderbird 8.0 Beta 3 October 19, 2011 Third Thunderbird 8.0 beta release.[131]
8.0b4 Thunderbird 8.0 Beta 4 November 1, 2011 Fourth Thunderbird 8.0 beta release.
8.0b5 Thunderbird 8.0 Beta 5 November 3, 2011 Fifth Thunderbird 8.0 beta release.
8.0 Thunderbird 8.0 November 8, 2011 Based on Gecko 8 engine, with security and stability fixes; Add-ons installed by third parties now disabled by default; New Search and Find Shortcuts; Improved accessibility of the attachment list; Folder switching pane widget removed and repackaged as an add-on[132][133]

End-of-life 8.0.x product line on December 20, 2011.

Thunderbird 9 9.0 9.0a1 Thunderbird 9.0 Nightly August 17, 2011 First Thunderbird 9.0 Nightly build.[134]
9.0a2 Thunderbird 9.0 Earlybird September 28, 2011 First Thunderbird 9.0 Earlybird build.[135]
9.0b1 Thunderbird 9.0 Beta 1 November 16, 2011 First Thunderbird 9.0 beta release.[136][137]
9.0b2 Thunderbird 9.0 Beta 2 November 24, 2011 Second Thunderbird 9.0 beta release.
9.0b3 Thunderbird 9.0 Beta 3 December 1, 2011 Third Thunderbird 9.0 beta release.
9.0b4 Thunderbird 9.0 Beta 4 December 8, 2011 Fourth Thunderbird 9.0 beta release.
9.0b5 Thunderbird 9.0 Beta 5 December 14, 2011 Fifth Thunderbird 9.0 beta release.
9.0 Thunderbird 9.0 December 20, 2011 Based on Gecko 9 engine, with security and user interface improvements; New opt-in system for sharing performance and usability data with Mozilla ; Additional support for Personas in the compose and address book windows; Better keyboard handling for attachments; Windows users can hide the menu bar.[138][139]
9.0.1 Thunderbird 9.0.1 December 23, 2011 Off-cycle security and stability update.[140]

End-of-life 9.0.x product line on January 31, 2012.

Thunderbird 10 10.0 10.0a1 Thunderbird 10.0 Nightly September 28, 2011 First Thunderbird 10.0 Nightly build.[141]
10.0a2 Thunderbird 10.0 Earlybird November 9, 2011 First Thunderbird 10.0 Earlybird build.[142]
10.0b1 Thunderbird 10.0 Beta 1 December 23, 2011 First Thunderbird 10.0 beta release.[143][144]
10.0b2 Thunderbird 10.0 Beta 2 January 9, 2012 Second Thunderbird 10.0 beta release.
10.0b3 Thunderbird 10.0 Beta 3 January 11, 2012 Third Thunderbird 10.0 beta release.
10.0b4 Thunderbird 10.0 Beta 4 January 18, 2012 Fourth Thunderbird 10.0 beta release.
10.0b5 Thunderbird 10.0 Beta 5 January 24, 2012 Fifth Thunderbird 10.0 beta release.
10.0 Thunderbird 10.0 January 31, 2012 Official version 10.0 release.[145][146] First Extended Support Release (ESR).[147]
10.0.1 Thunderbird 10.0.1 February 12, 2012 Off-cycle security and stability update.[148]
10.0.2 Thunderbird 10.0.2 February 16, 2012 Off-cycle security and stability update.[149]
10.0.3esr Thunderbird 10.0.3esr March 13, 2012 Regular security and stability update.[150]
10.0.4esr Thunderbird 10.0.4esr April 24, 2012 Regular security and stability update.[151]
10.0.5esr Thunderbird 10.0.5esr June 6, 2012 Regular security and stability update.[152]
10.0.6esr Thunderbird 10.0.6esr July 17, 2012 Regular security and stability update.[153]
10.0.7esr Thunderbird 10.0.7esr August 28, 2012 Regular security and stability update.[154]
10.0.8esr Thunderbird 10.0.8esr October 9, 2012 Regular security and stability update.[155]
10.0.9esr Thunderbird 10.0.9esr October 12, 2012 Off-cycle security and stability update.[156]
10.0.10esr Thunderbird 10.0.10esr October 29, 2012 Off-cycle security and stability update.[157]
10.0.11esr Thunderbird 10.0.11esr November 20, 2012 Regular security and stability update.[158]
10.0.12esr Thunderbird 10.0.12esr January 8, 2013 Regular security and stability update.[159]

End-of-life 10.0.x product line on February 12, 2013.[160]

Thunderbird 11 11.0 11.0 Thunderbird 11.0 March 13, 2012 Official version 11.0 release.[161]
11.0.1 Thunderbird 11.0.1 March 28, 2012 Off-cycle security and stability update.[162]

End-of-life 11.0.x product line on April 24, 2012.

Thunderbird 12 12.0 12.0 Thunderbird 12.0 April 24, 2012 Official version 12.0 release.[163]
12.0.1 Thunderbird 12.0.1 April 30, 2012 Off-cycle security and stability update.[164]

End-of-life 12.0.x product line on June 5, 2012.

Thunderbird 13 13.0 13.0 Thunderbird 13.0 June 5, 2012 Official version 13.0 release.[165]
13.0.1 Thunderbird 13.0.1 June 15, 2012 Off-cycle security and stability update.[166]

End-of-life 13.0.x product line on July 17, 2012.

Thunderbird 14 14.0 14.0 Thunderbird 14.0 July 17, 2012 Official version 14.0 release.[167]

End-of-life 14.0.x product line on August 28, 2012.

Thunderbird 15 15.0 15.0 Thunderbird 15.0 August 28, 2012 Official version 15.0 release.[168]
15.0.1 Thunderbird 15.0.1 September 10, 2012 Off-cycle security and stability update.[169]

End-of-life 15.0.x product line on October 9, 2012.

Thunderbird 16 16.0 16.0 Thunderbird 16.0 October 9, 2012 Official version 16.0 release.[170]
16.0.1 Thunderbird 16.0.1 October 11, 2012 Off-cycle security and stability update.[171]
16.0.2 Thunderbird 16.0.2 October 29, 2012 Off-cycle security and stability update.[172]

End-of-life 16.0.x product line on November 20, 2012.

Thunderbird 17 17.0 17.0esr Thunderbird 17.0esr November 20, 2012 Official version 17.0esr release.[173] Second Extended Support Release (ESR).[174]

End-of-life 17.0.x product line on December 3, 2013.[160]

17.0.2esr Thunderbird 17.0.2esr January 8, 2013 Regular security and stability update.[175]
17.0.3esr Thunderbird 17.0.3esr February 19, 2013 Regular security and stability update.[176]
17.0.4esr Thunderbird 17.0.4esr March 11, 2013 Regular security and stability update.[177]
17.0.5esr Thunderbird 17.0.5esr April 2, 2013 Regular security and stability update.[178]
17.0.6esr Thunderbird 17.0.6esr May 14, 2013 Regular security and stability update.[179]
17.0.7esr Thunderbird 17.0.7esr June 25, 2013 Regular security and stability update.[180]
17.0.8esr Thunderbird 17.0.8esr August 6, 2013 Regular security and stability update.[181]
17.0.9esr Thunderbird 17.0.9esr September 17, 2013 Regular security and stability update.[182]
17.0.10esr Thunderbird 17.0.10esr October 29, 2013 Regular security and stability update.[183]
17.0.11esr Thunderbird 17.0.11esr November 19, 2013 Off-cycle security and stability update.[184]
Thunderbird 24 18.011 18.0b1 Thunderbird 18.0 Beta 1 November 29, 2012 First Thunderbird 18.0 beta release.[185]
19.0 19.0b1 Thunderbird 19.0 Beta 1 January 18, 2013 First Thunderbird 19.0 beta release.[186]
20.0 20.0b1 Thunderbird 20.0 Beta 1 March 8, 2013 First Thunderbird 20.0 beta release.[187]
21.0 21.0b1 Thunderbird 21.0 Beta 1 April 10, 2013 First Thunderbird 21.0 beta release.[188]
22.0 22.0b1 Thunderbird 22.0 Beta 1 May 23, 2013 First Thunderbird 22.0 beta release.[189]
23.0 23.0b1 Thunderbird 23.0 Beta 1 July 3, 2013 First Thunderbird 23.0 beta release.[190]
24.0 24.0b1 Thunderbird 24.0 Beta 1 August 15, 2013 First Thunderbird 24.0 beta release (only US English).[191]
24.0b2 Thunderbird 24.0 Beta 2 August 29, 2013 Second Thunderbird 24.0 beta release.
24.0b3 Thunderbird 24.0 Beta 3 September 11, 2013 Third Thunderbird 24.0 beta release.
24.0 Thunderbird 24.0 September 17, 2013 Official version 24.0 release.[192]
24.0.1 Thunderbird 24.0.1 October 11, 2013 Security and stability update.[193]
24.1.0 Thunderbird 24.1.0 October 29, 2013 Security and stability update.[194]
24.1.1 Thunderbird 24.1.1 November 19, 2013 Security and stability update.[195]
24.2.0 Thunderbird 24.2.0 December 10, 2013 Security and stability update.[196]
24.3.0 Thunderbird 24.3.0 February 4, 2014 Security and stability update.[197]
24.4.0 Thunderbird 24.4.0 March 18, 2014 Security and stability update.[198]
24.5.0 Thunderbird 24.5.0 April 29, 2014 Security and stability update.[199]
24.6.0 Thunderbird 24.6.0 June 10, 2014 Security and stability update.[200]
24.7.0 Thunderbird 24.7.0 July 22, 2014 Security and stability update.[201]
24.8.0 Thunderbird 24.8.0 September 2, 2014 Security and stability update.[202]
24.8.1 Thunderbird 24.8.1 September 24, 2014 Security update.[203]
Thunderbird 31 25.0 25.0b1 Thunderbird 25.0 Beta 1 October 17, 2013 First Thunderbird 25.0 beta release.[204]
26.0 26.0b1 Thunderbird 26.0 Beta 1 November 18, 2013 First Thunderbird 26.0 beta release.[205]
27.0 27.0b1 Thunderbird 27.0 Beta 1 December 19, 2013 First Thunderbird 27.0 beta release.[206]
28.0 28.0b1 Thunderbird 28.0 Beta 1 March 7, 2014 First Thunderbird 28.0 beta release.[207]
29.0 29.0b1 Thunderbird 29.0 Beta 1 April 25, 2014 First Thunderbird 29.0 beta release.[208]
30.0 30.0b1 Thunderbird 30.0 Beta 1 May 9, 2014 First Thunderbird 30.0 beta release.[209]
31.0 31.0b1 Thunderbird 31.0 Beta 1 June 13, 2014 First Thunderbird 31.0 beta release.[210]
31.0b2 Thunderbird 31.0 Beta 1 July 5, 2014 Second Thunderbird 31.0 beta release.
31.0b3 Thunderbird 31.0 Beta 3 July 16, 2014 Third Thunderbird 31.0 beta release.
31.0 Thunderbird 31.0 July 22, 2014 Official version 31.0 release.[211]
31.1.0 Thunderbird 31.1.0 September 2, 2014 Security and stability update.[212]
31.1.1 Thunderbird 31.1.1 September 9, 2014 Stability update.[213]
31.1.2 Thunderbird 31.1.2 September 24, 2014 Security and stability update.[214]
Thunderbird 38 32.0 32.0b1 Thunderbird 32.0 Beta 1 August 14, 2014 First Thunderbird 32.0 beta release.[215]
33.0 33.0b1 Thunderbird 33.0 Beta 1
34.0 34.0a2 Thunderbird 34.0 Earlybird
35.0 35.0a1 Thunderbird 35.0 Daily
Name Gecko version Version Codename Release date[1] Significant changes

Note (1): Version 1.0.1 was planned, but it was not shipped, due to delay and discovery of issues that needed fixing in all three of Mozilla Foundation's products.

Note (2): There were no versions 1.0.3 and 1.0.4 since the bugs/issues affected Firefox only.

Note (3): There was no version 1.5.0.1.

Note (4): There was no version 1.5.0.3.

Note (5): There was no version 1.5.0.6.

Note (6): There was no version 1.5.0.11.

Note (7): There were no versions 2.0.0.1, 2.0.0.2 and 2.0.0.3.

Note (8): There were no versions 2.0.0.7 and 2.0.0.8.

Note (9): There were no versions 2.0.0.10 and 2.0.0.11.

Note (10): There was no version 2.0.0.20.

Note (11): Mozilla changed its release schedule for Thunderbird as of version 17,[216] which will result in omitted major version numbers between successive releases.

Release compatibility[edit]

Operating system Latest stable version Support status
Linux kernel 2.2.14 and newer
(with some libraries)
31.1.1 (i686), 31.1.1 (x86_64)[217] 2003–present
OS X v10.0 - 10.1 1.0.8 2003–2006
v10.2 - 10.3 2.0.0.24 2003–2010
v10.4 - 10.5 (PPC) 3.1.20
v10.6 - 10.9 31.1.1[217] 2007–present
Microsoft Windows 95 1.5.0.14 2003–2007
NT 4 / 98 / ME 2.0.0.24 2003–2010
2000, XP (RTM, SP1), Server 2003 (RTM) 12.0.1[217] 2003–2012
XP (SP2, SP3), Server 2003 (SP1), and later 31.1.1[217] 2003–present
OS/2 and eComStation 8.0 2003–2011
10.0.12[218] Unofficial
Sun Java Desktop System 1.0.2 2004–2005
Solaris 8 - 9 2.0.0.24 2003–2010
10 and OpenSolaris 31.1.1 2005-present

Future development[edit]

On December 23, 2004, the Project Lightning was announced for tightly integrating calendar functionality (scheduling, tasks, etc.) into Thunderbird. Lightning is just a project name, not a product name. Lightning 0.1 was released on March 14, 2006. The current version is 2.6, as at Thunderbird 24.01 release.

On October 11, 2006, Qualcomm and the Mozilla Foundation announced that "future versions of Eudora will be based upon the same technology platform as the open source Mozilla Thunderbird email program." The project is code-named Penelope. An unofficial Eudora/Penelope forum is accessible via web or newsreader.

On July 26, 2007, the Mozilla Foundation announced that Thunderbird would be developed by an independent organization, because the Mozilla Corporation (the for profit portion of Mozilla) is focusing on Mozilla Firefox development. This change was made in order to stimulate development in Thunderbird, which was being neglected during the Mozilla focus on Firefox.[219]

On September 17, 2007, the Mozilla Foundation announced the funding of a new internet communications initiative with Dr. David Ascher of ActiveState. The purpose of this initiative is "to develop Internet communications software based on the Thunderbird product, code and brand".

On February 19, 2008, Mozilla Messaging started operations as a subsidiary of the Mozilla Foundation responsible for the development of email and similar communications. Its initial focus was on the next major version, Thunderbird 3.0, which was released on December 8, 2009.

On July 6, 2012, the Mozilla Foundation announced that while they will no longer be focused on innovations for Thunderbird, they would provide support until the second half of 2013. In addition, future Thunderbird development will be transitioned to a community-driven model.[220]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

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