TB End Users survey - do not distribute

Axel axel.grude at googlemail.com
Fri Jul 20 19:41:01 UTC 2012

*From: *"Nomis101"<Nomis101 at web.de>
*Sent: *Friday, 20/07/12 19:39:16 19:39 GMT +0100 [Week 29]
*Subject:*Re: TB End Users survey - do not distribute
> Am 20.07.12 10:11, schrieb Axel:
>>> and especially that it seems there are more linux users than Mac users.
>> Again, not too surprising as a lot of linux distros bundle Thunderbird; what mail 
>> clients does Mac OS bundle?
> Ok, I didn't know that Linux bundles Thunderbird. Than this is not surprising, you 
> are right.  OS X bundles Apple Mail.
> Am 20.07.12 10:11, schrieb Axel:
>> Since the survey makes no claim on overall market share of Mac users vs Windows 
>> users, and also doesn't state that the numbers are normalized against this, this is 
>> likely just a reflection of the overall number of Mac users in these countries. We 
>> got to be very careful with numbers from statistics like this it is easy to jump to 
>> the wrong conclusions.
> Yes, indeed, its not normalized. Would be interesting to see this normalized to 
> marked share. But most Mac user I know are users of Apple Mail.
> Am 20.07.12 11:46, schrieb Tanstaafl:
>> On 2012-07-20 3:21 AM, Nomis101 <Nomis101 at web.de> wrote:
>>> Am 20.07.12 01:33, schrieb Anne-Marie Bourcier:
>>>> End of last year, we conducted an end-users survey on our installed
>>>> base. We are pleased to share the complete results with you today.
>>> This are interesting results. The first thing I didn't expect is, that
>>> it seems there are more users of TB in germany than in usa. I had
>>> expected the opposite. The next thing I was surprised is the huge number
>>> of windows users compared to other users, and especially that it seems
>>> there are more linux users than Mac users. I didn't know that mac users
>>> of TB are such a minority (maybe they most use Apple Mail). So it seems
>>> we need to get more attractive to Mac users.
>> Don't you think it makes more sense to try to cater to your *largest* user base 
>> rather than the *smallest*? 
> Sure, if the larger base are larger in total number. But my thinking was, that most 
> Mac users are using the bundled Apple Mail, because its from Apple and its already 
> on the system (like that way, that a Windows user is using Internet Explorer). And 
> than, you need to make TB more attractive to Mac users (and advertise it to them), 
> so they maybe switch from Apple Mail to TB. :-) But as Axel sayed, you need than 
> normalized values against marked share.
Why don't we leave catering to that specific taste segment of the market to Postbox? 
They are pretty good at cloning Apple Mail :P

And that's the last thing I would want Thunderbird to do. :)


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