Open source Thunderbird is a free email client on steroids
Mozilla Thunderbird 52 is a free, complete and secure chat client and messaging application that includes an RSS feed reader and a newsgroup option. It allows you to manage multiple email accounts from one location with advanced filtering features.
This article covers Mozilla Thunderbird 52. Several new versions of Thunderbird have arrived since its release. Some features may be as described, while others have been changed, evolved, or removed.
Features of Thunderbird 52
Mozilla Thunderbird 52 brings privacy, speed and new technologies. Features include:
- Email Account Setup Wizard: With the setup wizard, you don’t need to know about IMAP, SMTP, and SSL/TLS settings. After you enter your name, email address, and password, the wizard checks Thunderbird and selects the correct settings.
- Attachment Reminder: When your outgoing email mentions “attachment” or a similar term, Thunderbird reminds you to add the attachment before sending the email.
- multichannel chat: Use the chat feature to communicate with contacts from Facebook Chat, Google Talk, IRC, Twitter, or XMPP. Search past conversations and receive emails from your contacts.
- One-click address book: Add people to your address book by clicking the star of the message you receive. Use two clicks to add additional information or a photo.
- Personalized email addresses– If you want a custom email address, you can create one in Thunderbird. The mail service configures it automatically.
- Tabbed Email: Thunderbird took inspiration from its sister app Firefox and added tabbed email. When you open emails in tabs, you can quickly switch between them.
- Web search in Thunderbird: No need to exit Thunderbird to search the web. Type your search term into the Thunderbird search field and select from several search engines. If you find an unknown term or concept in an email, right-click and select search the web for to start a search.
- Research tools: Thunderbird indexes your emails and chats so you can find them quickly. The results appear on a separate tab for reference.
- Quick Filter Toolbar: Type words in the quick filter search box to get almost instant results. You can also filter by new messages, labels, or people in your address book.
- activity manager: The Thunderbird Activity Manager is where you can find a summary of the interactions between your Thunderbird browser and your email provider.
- Quick message archive: If you don’t need an email but don’t want to throw it away, send it to the archive folder system by pressing the key AN button.
Personalize your Thunderbird experience
Thunderbird allows you to customize your email experience in several ways:
- People and Topics: Think of characters as light skins that change the look of Thunderbird. Hundreds of people are available to download. You can also download themes that change all Thunderbird icons.
- smart folders: If you have multiple email accounts, you’ll appreciate Smart Folders that combine special folders, such as the Inbox, Sent, and Archive folders. Instead of accessing multiple inbox folders, you can perform a single shutdown.
- Extension Manager: You do not need to exit Thunderbird and go to a plugin website. In the Plugin Manager, view descriptions, ratings, and recommendations of available plugins that add functionality to Thunderbird.
- Filelink Large File Management– Configure Filelink to handle uploading of files that are too large to attach to an email. Choose from popular attachment sites like Box, YouSendIt, and Ubuntu One.
This is how Thunderbird protects your email:
- Phishing protection: Thunderbird prevents you from being tricked into giving out your personal information by reporting potential phishing attempts. It also notifies you when you click on a link that will take you to a different website than the one indicated in the message.
- Privacy and Do Not Track: To protect your privacy, Thunderbird automatically blocks remote images in emails. Thunderbird also provides a Do Not Track option associated with web search. It can be used in other applications by using a plugin.
- automated updates: Thunderbird notifies you when a security update is available.
- Spam filters: Every time you mark an email as spam, Thunderbird learns from your action. The service’s popular spam tools have been updated to stay ahead of spam.
Thunderbird 52 supports the following operating systems:
- the Windows Operating systems. Supported systems include all Windows operating systems from XP SP3 to Windows 10.
- Mac Operating systems. Supported systems include Mac OS X 10.9 to macOS 10.13 High Sierra.
- Linux Operating systems. Linux GTK+ 3.4 or higher operating systems are supported. However, there are several additional requirements, which are listed on the Thunderbird website.