Mozilla’s Thunderbird not dead but sort of on life support

Mozilla’s Thunderbird not dead but sort of on life support

Reports of the death of Mozilla’s Thunderbird may have been greatly exaggerated. But the e-mail program is no longer on the company’s priority list.

Responding to news items that his company was dumping Thunderbird, JB Piacentino, managing director of Thunderbird, tried to clarify the future of the software in a Mozilla blog.

Thunderbird users can look forward to upgrades down the road, with versions 14, 15, 16, and 17 on the horizon.

Mozilla also plans to support the application at least until the second half of 2013, according to Piacentino, and is trying to determine how to support it beyond next year. The company will still devote paid staffers to handle the support of Thunderbird, though they may only spend part of their time working on the project.

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