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Mozilla drops $3m on new company to develop Thunderbird

By Lisa Hoover on September 18, 2007 (2:09:00 PM)

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Mozilla announced plans this week to sink $3 million into a new Mozilla Foundation project designed to enhance the Thunderbird mail client. Early reports indicate that the as-yet-unnamed newly formed company will focus on positioning Thunderbird for use in Internet communications, including Web-based email, IM, and SMS.

The new organization, code-named MailCo, will be headed up by longtime Mozilla community member and CTO of ActiveState, David Ascher. Along with Mozilla Foundation chair Mitchell Baker, he will lead a new development team that is "dedicated to developing, innovating, and improving Internet mail and communication software," using Thunderbird as a starting point. Ascher acknowledges that such a project is a massive undertaking but says he is dedicated to "making email better."

On her Mozillazine blog, Baker writes that the initial seed money will be primarily spent on building a small team for the project but additional funding is expected. The company already has a preliminary plan, however, and Baker says they center around four goals:

  • Take care of Thunderbird users.
  • Move Thunderbird forward to provide better, deeper email solutions.
  • Create a better user experience for a range of Internet communications -- how does or how should email work with IM, RSS, VoIP, SMS, site-specific email, etc.?
  • Spark the types of community involvement and innovation that the project has seen around Web browsing and Firefox.

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Mozilla drops $3m on new company to develop Thunderbird

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 207.96.197.8] on September 18, 2007 03:14 PM
"On his Mozillazine blog, Baker writes..." should be "On HER Mozillazine blog, Baker writes..."

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Mozilla drops $3m on new company to develop Thunderbird

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 71.76.24.36] on September 18, 2007 03:16 PM
This is all very interesting, but when the heck will we get LDAP editing capability that we've been waiting YEARS for?!

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Re: Mozilla drops $3m on new company to develop Thunderbird

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 213.143.81.224] on September 22, 2007 10:10 AM
yes. this LDAP issue practically makes it unusable for any business user.

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Mozilla drops $3m on new company to develop Thunderbird

Posted by: Lisa on September 18, 2007 05:39 PM
Anonymous - Thanks for the heads up. I've fixed the error.

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Mozilla drops $3m on new company to develop Thunderbird

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 97.66.46.66] on September 18, 2007 09:34 PM
What about using it for Exchange server? Some of us are forced to work with M$.

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How about just making it work right in the first place?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 67.63.223.18] on September 19, 2007 06:12 PM

What about just making it stable? The single biggest joke about TB is it's instability. Why does it freeze up for about 20 seconds the first time you try to compose a message? (Noticed this on Mac and on Windows - no plugins but enigmail). Why does it lock up completely at all?

Why is it so blasted difficult to setup signatures?

Why is there so little integration with system address books? (This plays into the LDAP problem).

I mean, is it really time to talk about moving it "forward" when they still can't get basic functionality right?

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Great Idea

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 60.241.217.28] on September 20, 2007 01:54 PM
This sounds like a great idea - having a separate group focus wholly on Thunderbird should be a lot more effective than what's been happening recently

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Mozilla drops $3m on new company to develop Thunderbird

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 76.114.147.255] on September 22, 2007 11:15 PM
Re: Thunderbird stability? What are you talking about?? I have T-Bird installed on over a 50-user LAN with no problems what so ever; some resisted migrating away from Outlook, but we already use Firefox so it was a no brainer. I am hopeful that I see LDAP and Exchange features very soon, as we will be migrating that way *very* soon. Thank you, for not failing the current T-bird user base. I have been using the original program, back when in 96'. Then it was installed in the Netscape suite and I like it.

D.

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Mozilla drops $3m on new company to develop Thunderbird

Posted by: bnymn on February 05, 2008 09:26 PM
deneme

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