Thunderbird 2 released

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Released on 18 Apr 07, and this changelog was last updated on 19 Apr 07.

Mozilla Thunderbird 2 has been released. Release notes are available. This post lists the new features and improvements in Thunderbird 2. This list encompasses almost every single known fix that went into this release. Do check out the known issues as well. There are over 35 localizations available.

Windows Vista and 64-bit Windows is now supported, along with universal binaries for Intel Macs as well. There is a new installer for Windows (Nullsoft Scriptable Install System), in addition to Gmail and .Mac support, 3 new localizations have been added (Belarusian, Georgian & Portuguese). Lots of user interface improvements (Tags, folder views, Find As You Type, mail alert improvements [Windows and Linux only] etc.) were implemented. All in all, at least 963 bugfixes / improvements went into this release over the 1.5 branch.

New features & significant changes in Thunderbird 2:

  • Tools for organizing and managing e-mail
    • 74959: implement mail “back” and “forward”
    • 114656: Message Tags
      • 359338: Ability to search tags
      • 362557: Support for editing tags
      • 371337: Improve Usability Of Tag Menus
    • 251296: Folder Views
    • 301084: Option to file replies in folder of original message
    • 328795: Find As You Type in the message pane
    • 345501: enable auto-save by default
    • 350661: Recent folder menus for Copying and Moving messages
  • Be Informative
    • 278096: Main mail window now shows IMAP quota usage
    • 312940: New Mail Alert Improvements [Windows and Linux only]
      • 360030: Ability to customize new mail alert information
    • 314124: Folder Summary Tooltips
    • 350864: Add ability to check news servers for new messages at startup
  • Support for new platforms
  • Automatic detection of online state
  • Preference dialog redesign
  • Remote image policy changes
  • Two pane view using a folder location picker toolbar widget
  • 3459: Spell check now also checks the subject line
  • 339135: New Windows installer based on Nullsoft Scriptable Install System
  • 345887, 366842: Theme updates for all platforms
  • 348897: New, combined and improved Add-ons manager for extensions and themes
  • 353841, 359900 : New account types – Gmail (all systems) & .Mac (Mac OS X only)
  • 360588: New localizations: Belarusian, Georgian & Portuguese
  • 369109: Thunderbird 2 release notes link in Help menu should point to localized documents

Changes in Thunderbird 2.0 Alpha 1: (456)

  1. Security issues
  2. Topcrashes
  3. Crashes
  4. Account manager
  5. Address book
  6. Attachment-related
  7. Build configuration
  8. Filter-related
  9. Functionality
  10. Installer
  11. Localization
  12. Networking
  13. Printing
  14. RSS
  15. Spelling checker
  16. UI improvements
  17. XULRunner
  18. Miscellaneous fixes
  19. Mac-specific
  20. Intel Mac-related
  21. Sun-specific
  22. BeOS-specific
  23. OS/2-specific
  24. AIX-specific

Changes in Thunderbird 2.0 Beta 1: (273)

  1. Security issues
  2. Topcrashes
  3. Crashes
  4. Account manager
  5. Address book
  6. Attachment-related
  7. Build configuration
  8. Filter-related
  9. Functionality
  10. Installer
  11. Localization
  12. Networking
  13. Printing
  14. RSS
  15. Spelling checker
  16. UI improvements
  17. XULRunner
  18. Miscellaneous fixes
  19. Mac-specific
  20. OS/2-specific

Changes in Thunderbird 2 Beta 2: (80)

  1. Security issues
  2. Topcrash
  3. Account manager
  4. Address book
  5. Attachment-related
  6. Build configuration
  7. Filter-related
  8. Functionality
  9. Localization
  10. Networking
  11. RSS
  12. UI improvements
  13. XULRunner
  14. Miscellaneous fixes
  15. Mac-specific
  16. OS/2-specific

Changes in Thunderbird 2.0.0.0 Release Candidate 1: (154)

  1. Topcrashes
  2. Crashes
  3. Account manager
  4. Address book
  5. Build configuration
  6. Filter-related
  7. Functionality
  8. Installer
  9. Localization
  10. Networking
  11. RSS
  12. UI improvements
  13. XULRunner
  14. Miscellaneous fixes
  15. Mac-specific

Note: Thunderbird 2 final release is the same build as Thunderbird 2.0.0.0 RC 1. For the en_US .zip build, the corresponding nightly is the one dated 2007032620.

The entire bug list is too large to be listed here. Instead, only the table of contents to the fixes of each Alpha/Beta/RC are shown. All feedback is welcome at the comments section below.

Windows builds Official Windows installer (discussion)

Linux builds Official Linux (i686)

Mac builds Official Mac (Universal binary)