Mozilla Thunderbird 3 [shredder] is still in Beta. I download the beta yesterday and I just am not impressed with anything they’re pumping out. They’re making a lot of corrections and the bugs they’ve corrected is extensive, but where’s the functionality?
A lot of users are loyal to Thunderbird and 3 years ago it was the cats meow, but since the Thunderbird Spin-off release it’s been a slow boat for these guys.
I think what’s worse is that there’s other developers that have taken the original open-source project and made their own flavor and made it better.
Here’s two examples of what I’m talking about:
Spicebird is a separate development from Mozilla, but they’re obviously ahead of the curve on providing users what they expect from their email client.
Excerpt from their website:
Spicebird is a collaboration client that provides integrated access to email, contacts, calendaring and instant messaging in a single application. It provides easy access to various web services while retaining all the advantages of a desktop application. The application is based on projects like Thunderbird, Lightning and Telepathy and adds more functionality and integration among its components.
I’ve tried this version of Spicebird and found it to be impressive. It’s Thunderbird, but better. The folks at Spicebird development are already looking forward and they have a section for ‘add-ons’.
Postbox is another one; it’s based on Thunderbird. It has a very well done execution and seems to be progressing well. It also has some nice features. It really makes you wish you could grab from here and put there to mix and match YOUR communication portal; just for you.
I played with this version as also. It has lots of feature and rich interactions.
If you already have Thunderbird and you want to take Postbox for a ride; testing it out- it’ll import all your accounts for you and you can jump right in and go. It’s nice.
What’s interesting here is that other groups/developers have taken the code, that’s open source, and improved what’s already there and giving to the users what the users are wanting. The Mozilla Thunderbird group, which should be blazing the trail, is falling behind in Internet trends; where’s the bells and whistles that are so apparently lacking?
While I’m a fan of Thunderbird and I use the program, it’s suffering a great deal on evolution.
Google just released a vision of what email is going to be; what they think email should be.
I can say that in it’s current form Thunderbird can’t compete with; a web application like Google Wave is what users are clamoring for. It’s the everything in one place, communication center, organizer and portal to the world [in real-time]. As they said, ‘it’s what email would be if it was created today’.
I enjoy having my information locally and I being able to backup my own data, I’ll stay with Thunderbird, but it may be a new flavor.
I’ll keep ya posted.
Thanks for reading!