New features in Mozilla Thunderbird 0.8

In: Mozilla

24 Jul 2004

Thunderbird 0.8 is shipping soon (July, according to the roadmap) and test builds have just been announced. Here’s the rundown of the new features you can expect to see.

RSS Integration

That’s right, RSS reading capability is going to be built into Thunderbird. This has not been turned on yet in the latest Thunderbird nightlies, though bugs are being reported (mostly by Scott, the Thunderbird lead) and fixed as can be seen from bugs 250963, 251242, 252496, 252483 and 252391. Apparently, it could look and function somewhat like Opera (see Opera RSS reader screenshot) – just speculation though. The “core” bug is bug 225158 – Thunderbird should act as an RSS/Atom newsreader, too. The roadmap promises this bug (or rather RFE) will be fixed for Thunderbird 0.8.

This promises to be a more typical news reader implementation than that that got into Firefox nightlies not too long ago (see RSS feed integration in Firefox). Most of the code is based off the Forumzilla extension, so if you want a preview of how it could look, grab and install Forumzilla.

Blocking remote images

Remote images in emails will also be blocked by default (this can be changed by going Tools -> Options -> Advanced and unchecking “Block loading of remote images in mail messages.”). This has 2 main uses: protecting your privacy just in case someone is looking over your shoulder (though one can only imagine what images are so private!), and preventing the remote request from being sent (thereby preventing spammers from being able to detect that your account is active).

Screenshot of blocked remote images in Thunderbird preview panel


Global Inbox for POP3 accounts

There will also be a single global inbox that you can use for storing messages from multiple POP3 accounts. This will come as an alternative to the current way POP3 accounts are handled – each POP3 account has it’s own inbox and folders.

The Global Inbox option will be given to you when you setup a new POP3 account:

Screenshot of Global Inbox option when setting up a new account


Get All Mail functionality

And yes! The much missed “Get All Mail” functionality will be in Thunderbird 0.8.

Screenshot of Get All Mail functionality


This is sorely missed especially by people migrating from Outlook Express and Outlook where there is a “Send and Receive” button.

Better quick search

The quick search box gets a small facelift. There is now a dropdown that allows you to specify the fields to perform the search on. Very handy when you want to search text in the message body especially – no need to open up a separate dialog box.

Screenshot of quick search box drop down


Wrapping up

Thunderbird 0.8 will also come with the usual bugfixes as well as Mozilla Suite Profile Migration and improved spell checker support. This is gearing up to be an excellent email client as more bugs get ironed out. I’ve switched. Have you?

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29 Responses to New features in Mozilla Thunderbird 0.8

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Chavalina. Diario

August 4th, 2004 at 6am

Pronto pronto… Thunderbird 0.8
No recuerdo ahora cómo llegué hasta Zootropo, pero lo importante es que desde ahí llegué a redemption in a blog, hala, otro para mis bookmarks (qué haría yo sin ellos…) donde adelantan las nuevas características que traerá Thunderbird 0.8, muy intere…

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flex-mx

July 28th, 2004 at 11pm

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captsolo weblog

July 31st, 2004 at 6pm

RSS integration coming to Mozilla Thunderbird 0.8
An article “New features in Mozilla Thunderbird 0.8″ [source: redemption in a blog] says:RSS Integration

That’s right, RSS reading capability is going to be built into Thunderbird. Apparently, it could look and function somewhat like Opera (see Oper…

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Ed's Blog

July 27th, 2004 at 7am

Loads of things happening!!
Lots of things have happened over the holidays, w.bloggar went into version 4 beta testing, although this is quite long…

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Koldark's Komputer World

July 27th, 2004 at 11am

Thunderbird 0.8 Features
redemption in a blog: New features in Mozilla Thunderbird 0.8 – Two of the things I am really looking forward to is the RSS integration and the get all mail functionality. I can’t wait!…

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brendoman-dot-com

July 26th, 2004 at 6am

Sunday Roundup
Here are some things that caught my eye this weekend: Kevin Smith did a series of voter awareness PSA’s for Comedy Central called “Declare Yourself.” Check out all the spots here. A new version of Mozilla Thunderbird, my favorite e-mail client, is bein…

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Áóäíè òðóäîãîëèêà

July 26th, 2004 at 4am

RSS â Thunderbird 0.8
Îæèäàåòñÿ, ÷òî íîâàÿ âåðñèÿ Thunderbird áóäåò âêëþ÷àòü RSS-reader. Ïîäðîáíåå… Íà ñàìîì äåëå, åù¸ îäèí ïîâîä ïåðåéòè òóäà. Íî íå äëÿ ìåíÿ, êîíå÷íî. Outlook — áîëüøå, ÷åì ïî÷òîâûé êëèåíò….

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brendoman-dot-com

July 26th, 2004 at 3am

Sunday Roundup
Here are some things that caught my eye this weekend: Kevin Smith did a series of voter awareness PSA’s for Comedy Central called “Declare Yourself.” Check out all the spots here. A new version of Mozilla Thunderbird, my favorite e-mail client, is bein…

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ramblinations

July 25th, 2004 at 12am

back from the dead
redemption in a blog has a great article up detailing the upcoming thunderbird 0.8 release. complete with pictures. details the new rss support, new global inbox, better remote image blocking, and (my personal favorite) the long-awaited ‘get all mess…

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dot-totally.co.uk

July 25th, 2004 at 12am

RSS in Thunderbird 0.8
Cheah Chu Yeow (redemption in a blog) has an interesting article about the new inclusion of RSS aggregation in the upcoming Thunderbird 0.8 release. The RSS reader, based of Forumzilla, looks to be a typical feed reader, a lot like Opera’s RSS Reader …

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Full(o)bloG

July 24th, 2004 at 10pm

thunderbird 0.8
su redemption è presente un articolo che parla di tutte le novità che troveremo su thunderbird 0.8. Finalmente si iniziano a vedere le features che me lo facevano passare in secondo piano paragonato ad eudora: la mancanza di una inbox unica per tutte l…

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Zootropo. Diario del mundo geek.

July 24th, 2004 at 7pm

Nuevas características en Thunderbird 0.8
En Redemption in a Blog publican hoy un review del nuevo Mozilla Thunderbird 0.8 que se espera para dentro de poco, con un repaso imagen a imagen de las nuevas características. Entre lo mas destacado tenemos:

* Integración RSS y Atom (aún no s…

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stefano

July 27th, 2004 at 3am

also regarding attachments:

- it would be nice that attachments could be deleted from incoming messages. so i can save them to a folder and keep the mbox-es smaller in size.

- i miss the feature of mail.app that displays quicktime movies inline in the body of the message.

- encode attachments for windows / mac having the opportunity to strip the resource fork.

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Neil's World

July 24th, 2004 at 5pm

New features in Thunderbird 0.8
Cheah Chu Yeow has an excellent run-down of the new features in Thunderbird 0.8 (with screenshots), which is apparently due out shortly.

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stefano

July 27th, 2004 at 3am

I agree -

integration with OS X system address book would be great and handy.
would like also thbe ability to import mailboxes[mbox] from other mail programs easily and in an automated way.

and the ability to have a globai inbox that indicates the account [sometimes it seems to be missing] and the possibility to leave the messages on server unless i specifically instruct TB to delete them.

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Cheah Chu Yeow

July 26th, 2004 at 11pm

Yup you can keep them the way they are. It’ll only go to the Global Inbox if you choose it that way.

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Phill Bryant

July 25th, 2004 at 2pm

Perhaps instead of ‘to protect your privacy…etc.’, it should say ‘Thunderbird has blocked remote images in this message. (Why?)’, and have ‘Why’ hyperlinked to something which explains why images are blocked. It could even have ‘To protect you from Spam, Thunderbird has blocked remote images in this message’

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Roberto J. Dohnert

July 26th, 2004 at 10pm

I like the way the inboxes are setup, is there anyway I can keep them the way they are or is that a global change?

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The Wolf

July 25th, 2004 at 1pm

Looks good, but I’m more interested in FF1 ;)

PS. ‘ Remember personal info?’ doesn’t work, I have to type it in every page. FF0.9.

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Dave

July 25th, 2004 at 1am

All right, I’ll take a quick peek into it. I do generally use my RSS to aggrigate news sites, far more than blogs, so the name is a little funny, but past that…lemme check it out…albiet I like that RSS Bandit is not only good, it’s open source, and in a language I use for work on a daily basis.

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Dave M.

July 25th, 2004 at 12am

Dave: I agree with Cheah Chu Yeow, you really should check out Bloglines.

No matter how good a software based RSS client is, Bloglines just blows them away.

I have a little getting started guide on my site, not very professionally written, but will get you up and running.

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minghong

July 24th, 2004 at 5pm

Hmm… I wonder whether I should read RSS/Atom: Firefox or Thunderbird?

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Dave

July 24th, 2004 at 9pm

Excellent review Chu. I can’t wait to have a newsreader in Thunderbird. I just hope it’s as good as RSS Bandit. Maybe I’ll keep using RSS Bandit if they use the gecko browser for their integrated browser. There’s been talk about it. I keep hoping, I don’t like IE being in my newsreader. Well that, and I don’t like losing what I’ve read between work and home, but that would require a web based feed reader, and I don’t think I’m into that just yet.

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Cheah Chu Yeow

July 24th, 2004 at 9pm

Dave, you really got to try Bloglines.

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daniel.

July 24th, 2004 at 11pm

I really like TB a lot and it looks like the next release will be even better. But one thing I’m missing is integration with the OS X address book. Are there plans to implement this?

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roshan

September 17th, 2004 at 2pm

i want to know about the core of the thunderbird
can u tell about that?

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Shawn

September 29th, 2004 at 8am

Does Mozilla block unsafe attachments…this is probably not so important in linux but still is something that is needed. OE on XP SP 2 does an excellent job of this in the windows world.

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Bob Margulies

October 7th, 2004 at 6am

TBird Version 0.8 – Windows XP Home – SP2

In the following, you say “Tools -> Options”
I have only “Tools -> Internet Options”
How do I unblock?

Blocking remote images
Remote images in emails will also be blocked by default (this can be changed by going Tools -> Options -> Advanced and unchecking “Block loading of remote images in mail messages.”). This has 2 main uses:

[etc.]

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Alicia

July 30th, 2006 at 8am

Well, I think you should always have up to date email backups. I used to do it manually by saving the .dbx files when using Outlook Express, until I found http://www.amicutilities.com/outlook-express-backup/ – Outlook Express Backup Genie that does it automatically at regular times.

Then I swiched to Thunderbird, and Outlook Express Backup genie is able to back it up too!

I choused it over other because it can work with both MS Outlook and Outlook Express, Eudore, Thunderbird and other popular clients

Alicia