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Mozilla Thunderbird 78 Officially Released with Major Changes, Here’s What’s New

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As you can imagine, Thunderbird 78 is a major release. It’s not only the version number that has been aligned with the latest Firefox 78 web browser, but Thunderbird 78 also inherits the minimum runtime requirements on Linux systems, which include GTK 3.14, Glibc 2.17, and libstdc++ 4.8.1.

The big new features of the Mozilla Thunderbird 78 release include a new Account Hub for centralized account setup, a new “Delete” action column in thread pane, the ability to use custom colors for the Folder Pane icons, as well as direct message (DM) support for Matrix.

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What’s New in Thunderbird 78

  • What’s New in Thunderbird 78

    Thunderbird 78 is our newest ESR (extended-support release), which comes out yearly and is considered the latest stable release. Right now you can download the newest version from our website, and existing users will be automatically updated in the near future. We encourage those who rely on the popular add-on Enigmail to wait to update until the automatic update rolls out to them to ensure their encrypted email settings are properly imported into Thunderbird’s new built-in OpenPGP encrypted email feature.

    Last year’s release focused on ensuring Thunderbird has a stable foundation on which to build. The new Thunderbird 78 aims to improve the experience of using Thunderbird, adding many quality-of-life features to the application and making it easier to use.

Thunderbird 78 Rolls Out With UI Updates, New Features

  • Thunderbird 78 Rolls Out With UI Updates, New Features

    The Thunderbird 78 mail client redesigns the message compose window, the dark mode is much improved and is now in good shape, the calendar and tasks components are now properly integrated in Thunderbird itself, the account setup area has seen improvements, end-to-end encrypted email support is now easy to setup, and a wide range of other improvements.

Thunderbird 78 Released with OpenPGP Support, Integrated...

  • Thunderbird 78 Released with OpenPGP Support, Integrated Lightning Calendar

    A major new version of Thunderbird, the open source email client, is now available to download.

    Thunderbird 78 carries a host of major changes, new features, and usability improvements — though not all are enabled by default.

    Add-on users should note that this version of Thunderbird only supports MailExtensions. Older XUL-based add-ons are not supported.

    On the topic of extensions the Lightning calendar and tasks add-on for Thunderbird is now part of the app itself, no additional downloads required.

    The client’s reworked compose window is said to be ‘faster and more straightforward’ to use, while improvements to the account setup wizard make it easy to get the app up and running with an existing email address.

What’s New In Thunderbird 78

  • What’s New In Thunderbird 78

    Thunderbird is among the must-have applications on any operating system. It is developed by the same company that develops Firefox, Mozilla Foundation. Recently, Thunderbird 78.0 was released with a couple of interesting features and improvements.

    The popular email client is installed on almost all Linux distributions. All you need to do is search for it in the app menu. In case, your distro does not have it, you can install it from the repository. Just use the package manager to install Thunderbird on your distro.

    Though Thunderbird 78.0 is officially out now, the update is not yet available from the repositories. Repositories still have the older version.

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