Mozilla has given their Thunderbird open-source mail client a refresh with new UI changes, fixes and enhancements to help make your experience smoother. The new look is titled “Photon”, matching matching the current release round of their Firefox browser, including the ability to toggle the title bar on and off. The tabs are now square in shape (vs the curved corners that used to be there), and there are a number of light and dark themes that already come with it by default (additional themes can be downloaded from their website still).
Thunderbird also has a new updated modern logo that that matches the current look of their other projects like Firefox (not to be mistaken with the recent story we had about them looking to rebrand everything from the ground up).
Some of the enhancements they have worked on include changes to how Thunderbird handles attachments when composing a new email, where attachments can now be reordered simply by dragging them around, and the “attach” button has been moved to the top-right above the attachment pane (previously it was in the top menu between “spelling” and “security”).
They have also worked on enhancing the calendar, including improvements to how you can copy, cut or delete selected events (selected occurrence or the entire series for recurring events). You can also send meeting notifications directly, and it supports scheduling when using CalDAV servers.
In all, you can see the list of improvements, bug fixes and more on their website here, where they break everything down in the release notes.
Some entities around the web have been reporting/highlighting on the fact that you cannot upgrade to 60 from the previous stable release (52.*). Thunderbird does in fact require a fresh install to use it as it does not support upgrading from a previous version. Normally, this would come at a surprise since Thunderbird can get quite a bit complicated just as Outlook can when it comes to personal settings, depending on how deep you drill down. HOWEVER, the one thing they did not catch, was that this is a temporary requirement as they plan on releasing 60.1 later on with support for upgrading from those previous versions. Mozilla said the lack of support currently wasn’t because of an incompatibility between the old and the new, but because they didn’t want to force the update for current users just yet. Due to the significant changes, they want it to be optional for now. They also said that if you do decide to download it now and install it, your previous settings “should” transfer over.
Thunderbird has actually become the most commonly used client here in our offices, replacing Microsoft’s Outlook a number of years ago. The user-friendliness of the mail client thanks to it’s incredible flexibility and powerful support for features, simply made Outlook a waste of budget for the departments. It has also resulted in less (in most cases, zero) conflicts, error codes, and crashes leading to corrupted files.
You can download Thunderbird yourself via their website here: https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/