jb at mozilla.com
Thu May 31 20:24:27 UTC 2012
Ina survey last year, wefound that60% of respondents expectedThunderbird
to provide an email account. In response,we havedesigned a feature that
makesit easy to create a personalized email address
fromwithinThunderbird. In a few clicks, a user canend up with
kirk at enterprise.comas an address,for example.That could of course also
apply to your family, company or organization...
Since Mozilla does not offer email service, we have worked with
international service providers to streamline the process and allow:
1) Suggestions for personalized email addresses
2) Account auto-configuration once the user has subscribed to the email
The next version of Thunderbird, to be released on June 5th, will
feature two service providers;Gandi (www.gandi.net) and Hover
(www.hover.com). They will be respectively the default providers for
Europe and North America, as launch partners. They both offer paid email
In the future, we plan on adding more providers in more geographiesin
order to beable to offer the signup process in theuser'slanguage.
We would also like to add free email service providers. We are already
in talkswith some of them, and are ironing out the details to ensure
aproper level of quality of serviceprivacypolicies.
On the technical side, aset of
available and should facilitate the quick integration of additional
Thisthread is specifically to inform a broader set of community members.
We believe the feature aligns with our Privacy Principles
matches user expectations, and moves the Mozilla Mission forward.
You can try the feature out with Thunderbird Beta builds, available at:
Q: Does Mozilla have any server-side data about which users have picked
Q: What email service providers are currently supported?
A: Right now, we're supporting Hover and Gandi. We plan on adding many
more in the future, in many different geographies, both paid and free.
Q: Can you support service provider X or protocol Y?
A: Any email provider can potentially participate to this feature
provided that it implements the Thunderbird account provisioning API and
supports the IMAP protocol.
We also require that a legal agreement is entered between Mozilla and
this partner, to ensure in particular that the service is provided in a
way that is aligned with Mozilla's principles.
Q: I already have an email address and don't want a new one. Can I still
use Thunderbird the same way?
A: The feature is opt-in, and you can still connect to your existing
email accounts as you always have.
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