Thunderbird and Windows 8

Steve Howes sfhowes at
Fri Nov 9 16:55:04 UTC 2012

On Fri, Nov 9, 2012 at 9:52 AM, Wayne Mery (d531) <vseerror at>wrote:

> These issues are already pretty well defined and confirmed per
>**Thunderbird_Metro<>in my tb-planning posting - "Thunderbird only has a classic version".
>**show_bug.cgi?id=761815#c3<>elaborates - "we [mozilla devs] don't have any plans to pursue it [metro]
> at this point".
> My point is, the system requirements page should spell out our level of
> support.  Leaving Windows 8 off the page simply invites questions.

In fact, Aero is disabled by default in Win 8.  It might also be worth
mentioning on the requirements page that since there's no TB app, TB won't
run on a Surface RT tablet, since the RT only runs Windows Store apps (the
desktop TB will run on the Surface Pro which has the full Win 8).

The Mail tile on the Start screen only indicates new mail in your IMAP
webmail accounts (currently only Gmail, I think) and Hotmail or  I haven't used the Mail app much myself, but if I do I will
report my findings if there's anything noteworthy.

> On 11/9/2012 8:17 AM, Vincent wrote:
>> The problem is not only if Thunderbird runs on Win8, but also how it is
>> integrated.
>> For instance it seems that:
>> - there is no special styling for Metro yet, so you'll get the Aero look
>> and feel
>> - There is currently no TB app for Win 8, so you don't see it on the
>> Metro Start page, and only if you switch to the familiar desktop
>> environment
>> - there is no notification of new email on the icon in the start menu.
>> Is there any Win8 user on this list which could confirm these issues?
>> 2012/11/9 Wayne Mery (d531) <vseerror at
>> <mailto:vseerror at>>
>>     On 11/9/2012 7:06 AM, Ludovic Hirlimann wrote:
>>         On 11/9/12 12:30 PM, Wayne Mery (d531) wrote:
>>             On 11/9/2012 5:46 AM, Vincent wrote:
>>                 Hi gents,
>>                 We start to have more and more question about
>>                 Thunderbird compatibility
>>                 with Windows 8. Is it officially supported in version
>>                 16? The
>>                 System Requirements
>>                 <**
>> __thunderbird/16.0/system-__**requirements/<>
>>                 <**thunderbird/16.0/system-*
>> *requirements/<>
>> >>
>>                 doesn't mention it...
>>             For the same reason, several days ago I asked the same thing
>> in
>>             tb-planning "Windows 8 and Thunderbird".   But no reply :(
>>             Perhaps you
>>             will need to ping someone on IRC to get a response.
>>         Do you have the answer for Firefox ?
>>         Because if Firefox does - we do.
>>         Ludo
>>     As mentioned in my tb-planning post, yes, of course Firefox does
>>     support Windows 8. But I don't believe it is a given that just
>>     because Fx does that we do too. And the fact that it's not in TB
>>     system requirements implies WE (Thunderbird) do not.
>>     Perhaps**_show_bug.cgi?id=810271<>
>>     <> will correct
>> this.
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