Is This a Very Good Thing?
By joesciallo on Sep 19, 2007
Mozilla getting serious about mail by launching a new company to develop Thunderbird?
Is this a very good thing?
Why is this such a good thing? Let me count the ways... Currently, the company that owns most of the world's mailboxes--Microsoft--has done little to nothing to improve the e-mail experience. E-mail today is essentially the same as it was 10 years ago. This is almost criminal, given how much time we spend in it.
A good friend with access to Microsoft's Exchange team suggested a reason for this, which came from Microsoft: the Exchange code is so old and so crumbly that Microsoft doesn't dare to fiddle with it. Yes, it would make perfect sense to centralize collaboration and social networking in the address book/e-mail client, but Microsoft apparently can't do this without risking the stability of its omnipresent e-mail client and server.
And so the world suffers because of early design decisions.
Enter Mozilla. Mozilla has an excellent track record of taking Microsoft head-on, and winning (or, at least, competing vigorously).
Most Thunderbird users blasted Baker and Mozilla Corp. for wanting to ditch the e-mail program, which competes with Microsoft Corp.'s Outlook and IBM Corp.'s Notes, as well as with Web-based e-mail services such as Windows Live Mail, Yahoo Mail, and Google Inc.'s Gmail.