Thunderbird 2.0 and Gmail integration

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29 Apr 2007

I haven’t been following Thunderbird development like I used to so I was presently surprised to see how far Thunderbird has come when I tried a beta of Thunderbird 2 a while back (of course, Thunderbird 2 has been released for over a week, but I’m still clearing a backlog of blog drafts).

One of the things I noticed was how Gmail POP integration is baked right in when creating a new accounts:

Thunderbird - Gmail mailbox creation step 1


Step 2: tell Thunderbird your Gmail ID.

Thunderbird - Gmail mailbox creation step 2


Step 3: there isn’t really a step 3, just confirm your Gmail settings.

Thunderbird - Gmail mailbox creation step 3


How’s that for time-saving? Gone are the days of looking for POP client configuration documentation on Gmail. My only gripe is that there isn’t a similar wizard interface for Gmail for your domain.

Oh and there’re tons of other nice features in Thunderbird
2
: Advanced Folder Views lets you configure “Favorite Folders” and has a view for unread folders as well, tags (a la Gmail labels or GTD organization) and of course, a well-tuned Saved Searches feature (which has been there since version 0.9).

I’m back to using Thunderbird again after a brief fling with Apple Mail, for no particular reason actually. Well, actually, I did reinstall Mac OS X Tiger (it got really crappy in terms of performance – must be the tons of software I was installing) and found it much less work to get a satisfactorily working email client with Thunderbird than with Apple Mail.

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