Thunderbird 2 on Vista

Thunderbird 2 was released couple of weeks ago and I decided to upgrade my Thunderbird 1.5 on Vista Ultimate today.

Very seamless experience, I downloaded, installed and now running without any glitch! All address book and filters automatically imported.

Read the entire list of features but my favorite ones are:

  • Message History Navigation - Like browser, it now maintains a history of messages (both forward and backward) viewed.
  • Improved Search - Find as you type pane makes search more effective.
  • Automated Update - Automatically checks to see if an update is available, download and install.
  • Stay Informed - Provide more informative and relevant message alerts containing sender, subject and message text for newly arrived messages.

If you are using Firefox then you are already familiar with most of the above features but it's nice to see a consistent set of features in products coming out of Mozilla Foundation. And probably these features are available as add-ons for Thunderbird 1.5 but I never looked around. Feel free to drop a comment on this blog if you know of an interesting add-on.

Technorati: Firefox Thunderbird Mozilla Vista

Comments:

you are missing my favorite: substantially improved tag support. Not yet up to some older CLI clients of old, but good enough that I've redone my whole filtering system around it. - eduard/o

Posted by eduardo pelegri-llopart on May 02, 2007 at 08:34 AM PDT #

Eduardo, I need to learn from you how to use them effectively. I think I'm asking for a blog entry from you on that :) Another good one that I found in the past few hours "Click here to always load remote images from ...". I saw this functionality for the first time in Gmail and found it useful.

Posted by Arun Gupta on May 02, 2007 at 10:54 AM PDT #

I don't know how you missed that Thunderbird doesn't even import the contacts from Windows Mail. To my mind, that's not Vista-ready.

Posted by Michael Fumento on July 01, 2007 at 12:41 PM PDT #

re: Vista-ready - I don't use Windows Mail but other than able to resolve LDAP directory names, it seems to be reasonable.

Posted by Arun on July 01, 2007 at 11:54 PM PDT #

can i import my contacts from Windows Mail into Thunderbird 2?

Posted by don on August 07, 2007 at 04:59 AM PDT #

don, see if this link is helpful:
http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?t=573155&

Posted by Arun Gupta on August 07, 2007 at 07:07 AM PDT #

hi..i bought a new laptop OS vista..how do i transfer all contacts, old email, account set up from my old xp laptop..any tip? thanks much!

Posted by maynard on December 03, 2007 at 11:44 AM PST #

yup its thunderbird.. old to new pc

Posted by maynard on December 03, 2007 at 11:46 AM PST #

I did finally get my contacts transferred over, or rather my more software-savvy wife did, but it wasn't easy. But maybe I can save you some heartbreak and tell you what I am going to do soon -- install Windows XP over Vista. Recent tests show that in addition to the incredible number of bugs in Vista, it goes at half the speed of XP. That's my experience, as well. Worse, it "decays" at an incredible pace such that originally it almost never required rebooting. Now I have to hard boot on average once a day. Enough is enough.

Posted by Michael Fumento on December 03, 2007 at 11:51 AM PST #

I have Windoes Vista and IMAP Thuderbird email. Google desktop does not index my email after upgrading to Vista from XP. Any ideas?

Posted by Vagelis on January 14, 2008 at 08:24 AM PST #

I can't import any of my contacts or email. I have Vista's "Window's Mail." I don't have Outlook, Outlook Express, or Eudora.

Can you help? I am not very computer literate, but if I have good instructions, I can do whatever needs to be done. :)

Thanks.

Posted by vistaweary on April 08, 2008 at 02:44 AM PDT #

I can't import any of my contacts or email either. I have Vista's "Window's Mail." I don't have Outlook, Outlook Express, or Eudora.

It doesn't see anything to import, but Widows mail show everything.

Can you help? I am not very computer literate, but if I have good instructions, I can do whatever needs to be done. :)

Thanks.

Posted by Vincent on April 17, 2008 at 09:07 AM PDT #

Upgrading from Thunderbird 1.5 to 2.0 is not automatic.

I tried it and it doesn't work. Further, I looked into it and the migration from 1.5 feature is not yet availableas of 2.0.0.14.

If you can point to any page on mozilla.com or their forums stating that upgrading from 1.5 to 2.0 will automatically migrate data, please share.

Posted by FX on April 27, 2008 at 07:02 AM PDT #

Hi - I normally use Outlook, but with my new Vista laptop I have to re-enter my network password every time the programme loads (registry issue). Can I not import all my contacts from Outlook to Thunderbird??
Thanks in advance for any help
Keith

Posted by KeithT on April 28, 2008 at 01:51 AM PDT #

I normally use Outlook, but with my new Vista laptop I have to re-enter my network password every time the programme loads (registry issue). Can I not import all my contacts from Outlook to Thunderbird??

Posted by laptop batteries on November 26, 2008 at 12:58 PM PST #

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