Feature request/idea

Philipp Kewisch kewisch at
Mon May 8 15:07:24 UTC 2017

Hi Martin,

there may have been a misunderstanding then. The "read e-mail" bit is
the initial short term goal. I was just saying that it doesn't make
sense to plan specific integrations at the current time while a
rewritten Thunderbird hasn't yet started. Turning it into a messaging
platform that would allow for such integrations should definitely be
part of the plan.


On 5/8/17 5:13 AM, Martin Iturbide wrote:
> Hi.
> Allow me to disagree. E-mail was the "killer application" when the
> internet started, everybody wanted the internet at that time to have
> e-mail. Now times has changed, check how the millennials are using the
> e-mail now, they mostly use it because it is a requirement to register
> to social media.
> If we only want Thundebird to "read e-mail", that's fine, but that is
> what it is doing right now. If Thunderbird will only focus on e-mail
> we are just putting some nails on the project coffin. Maybe reading
> e-mail can be the initial short term goal while the project changes
> architecture, but it will be better if Thunderbird can be turned into
> a "collaboration platform" in the long term future than just a "read
> e-mail" tool.
> Maybe today we see millions of downloads of Thunderbird and
> people/organization using it, but that can change very fast based on
> how the internet works.
> Regards
> On Sun, May 7, 2017 at 9:53 PM, Ben Bucksch <ben.bucksch at
> <mailto:ben.bucksch at>> wrote:
>     Philipp Kewisch wrote on 07.05.2017 14:38:
>         thanks for making suggestions, we appreciate your support!
>         While I can certainly imagine integrations with third party
>         services and software in the future, I think we should
>         concentrate on the core functionality first ( like, reading
>         email :D ) Once we are further down the line we can consider
>         such integrations.
>         However, the next version of Thunderbird will be designed in a
>         way that it would be easy to hook in new features, either
>         through add-ons or as core code. If done right, such
>         integrations could also be contributed by the community.
>     Exactly. That's the plan.
>     Ben
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