Mozilla Stops Thunderbird Development

Mozilla has announced that it has stopped the development of Thunderbird. Thunderbird s the email client that is losing users due to the improved features of mobile mail system.

No new feature will be added to Thunderbird project. But it will still get security updates and bug fixes occasionally.

TechCrunch has also reported this with a letter which was only for “Mozillians” but leaked.

This letter reads,

However, Thunderbird is one of the very few truly free and open source multi-platform email applications available today and we want to defend these values. We’re not “stopping” Thunderbird, but proposing we adapt the Thunderbird release and governance model in a way that allows both ongoing security and stability maintenance, as well as community-driven innovation and development for the product. This will mean an eventual shift in how we staff Thunderbird at Mozilla Corporation – we are still working out details, but some people will likely end up on other Mozilla projects.

Official announcement about the future of Thunderbird will be posted on Monday.

Thunderbird is open-source like other Mozilla projects. So outside developers can still add some features in it and can work together with Thunderbird team. But Mozilla does not want to use its resources on Thunderbird now. They want to use resources in good way as Thunderbird is losing users and losing its charm.

via Techcrunch

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