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July 23, 2009

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https://i1.wp.com/cache.gawker.com/assets/images/lifehacker/2009/07/About_Mozilla_Thunderbird-1.jpgMozilla has just released a new beta version of their desktop email application in the form of Thunderbird 3 Beta 3, adding better Gmail integration, smart folders, and more.

The update promises several improvements beyond what we saw when Mozilla released Thunderbird 3 Beta 2, both for developers and users. Specifically:

  • Tabbed Email MessagesDouble-clicking or hitting enter on a mail message will now open that message in a New Tab window. Middle-clicking on messages or folders will open them in a Tab in the background. When quitting Thunderbird, visible tabs will be saved and will be restored when you open Thunderbird the next time. There is also a new Tab menu on the Tab toolbar to help you switch between Tabs.
  • New Message Summary ViewSelecting multiple messages will give you a summary view of the emails you have selected.
  • Column HeadingsThe column headings that are displayed and the order in which they are displayed can now be set on a per-folder basis.
  • Smart FoldersThe folder pane offers a Smart Folders mode which combines special mailboxes (e.g. Inbox) from multiple accounts together.
  • Improved Gmail IntegrationBetter recognition and integration of Gmail’s special folders such as Sent and Trash including non-English versions of Gmail. Thunderbird also uses All Mail as the Archives folder.

For more, check out the release notes. Before you upgrade, you may also want to take a look at the known issues to make sure that a little beta bugginess doesn’t disrupt your email flow.

Thunderbird is a free download for Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux. If you’re a Thunderbird die-hard and you’ve tried out the Thunderbird 3 betas, let’s hear how it’s been working for you in the comments.

Download Thunderbird 3 Beta 3

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