Initial reaction is disappointment, but I do wonder (a) who besides me still uses a desktop email client, and (b) if email itself is (as I’ve heard) “something for old people” and “how I reach grandma.” What do y’all think about this development? Do you use Thunderbird? KMail? Evolution? Or just read your mail on the web?
Oh, don’t overlook the link to Mitchell Baker’s blog post at the bottom of this story!
Mozilla is not “stopping” Thunderbird development, it has just decided that: “continued innovation on Thunderbird is not the best use of our resources given our ambitious organizational goals.” And it’s pulling people off the project. But it’s not stopping? Right.
This, according to a letter shared with “Mozillians” ahead of the official announcement to be revealed on Monday. Recipients were asked not to share the letter, blog or tweet about the news until then, but obviously someone out there didn’t agree with that plan.
While it’s sure to upset some diehards, it’s a move that makes sense, given that Thunderbird, an open source Outlook competitor, is desktop software in a world that has been rapidly moving to mobile and web. Mozilla itself has been ramping up efforts in these areas as of late, with the recent introductions of its “boot-to-gecko” OS (now “Firefox OS”), for example, as well as a new…
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