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Celebrating 10 years of Mozilla Thunderbird...


Thunderbird is a free email application that’s easy to set up and customize - and it’s loaded with great features! Not only that, but it's free to download and easy to use. At Toolkit Websites, Thunderbird is our email client of choice, and that is why we offer full support on it.

Originally launched as Minotaur shortly after Phoenix (the original name for Mozilla Firefox), the project initially failed to gain momentum. On December 7, 2004, version 1.0 was released, and received more than 500,000 downloads in its first three days of release, and 1,000,000 in 10 days.  

If price or platform support are among your concerns when picking a desktop email client, then Mozilla Thunderbird is hard to beat. It costs you nothing, and is a secure and funny functional email client.

Thunderbird lets you handle your emails efficiently, filtering away junk mail for you. At the same time it has features where you can fast search, manage your mail in smart folders and much more. Thunderbird provides enterprise and government-grade security features such as SSL/TLS connections to IMAP and SMTP servers. Thunderbird supports POP and IMAP. It also supports LDAP address completion. Thunderbird supports the S/MIME standard, extensions such as Enigmail add support for the OpenPGP standard.

It was believed with the birth of Social Media, that email would decline especially in terms of marketing, however Thunderbird embraces social media by incorporating a real-time chat session on Facebook, Twitter and more from within it's app

Why Thunderbird?

  • It's user friendly, easy to install, easy to use.
  • It's freeware, meaning, you can download it from the web, no charge.
  • Cross platform, you can use it with Windows as well as the Mac OS X and GNU/Linux operating systems.
  • Easy installation
  • Powerful filters and searching
  • Freeware spotlight
Thunderbird supports a variety of themes for changing its overall look and feel. These packages of CSS and image files can be downloaded via the add-ons website at Mozilla Add-ons.

If you'd like to know more, or you'd like assistance in setting up a Thunderbird account, please do get in touch!