Tabs in Thunderbird – Status Update #2

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With the release of Thunderbird 2 a few weeks back, one of the lead developers, David Bienvenu, has begun some work on implementing tabs in Thunderbird, a much-requested feature of application usability. (Code is in trunk builds from 2007-06-27 onwards; please note that trunk builds are unstable and are only meant for development purposes.)

As mentioned previously in my previous “Tabs in Thunderbird – Status Update” on 19 Feb 2006, “The advantages of using tabs over windows is applicable to both applications as using tabs have been shown to reduce memory usage, taskbar clutter and increased accessibility etc.”, the details of which I won’t go into here.

The bugs tracking this development are 218999 and 297379; the latter more for Myk Melez’s work previously. Let us hope that Thunderbird 3 will incorporate tabs to bring it on par with its sister application Firefox, but there is no guarantee it will be in though. It is a good sign that progress is being made.

Please remember that all these are still work-in-progress, and David welcomes any help that anybody wants to offer, from testing to hacking to UI improvements.

On a side note, we are approaching 50 million downloads of Thunderbird since 1.0 release. We should hit this figure by mid-to-end July 2007.

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