Thunderbird 78 has been Released!
ryan at thunderbird.net
Fri Jul 17 11:02:09 UTC 2020
As you've likely heard by now, Thunderbird 78 is out. We are not
automatically updating our users likely until Thunderbird 78.2 as to
allow us time to get in some features (like OpenPGP support), and to
give add-on authors more time to develop support for the new release.
But anyone is welcome to update manually today by downloading the 78
from our website <https://thunderbird.net>.
I'd like to thank all of you on this list who contributed to this
release. Without this community, an enormous release like this would not
have been possible. It's amazing to look back on the last three years,
and the challenges that were present for Thunderbird and to see how far
we've come. There are still issues, but each release we chip away at
some of the things that have held the project back. At this point we've
chipped away at the wall of technical debt and the "Thunderbird is dead"
myth enough, that I feel we can finally see some sunlight.
So what's new in the release? For a wordier rundown, check out the
"What's New in Thunderbird 78"
post. Or if you like just scanning release notes, you can find them here
<https://www.thunderbird.net/thunderbird/78.0/releasenotes/>. Here are
some highlights from the blog post and release notes:
What’s New in Thunderbird 78
Thunderbird 78 is our newest ESR (extended-support release), which comes
out yearly and is considered the latest stable release. Right now you
can download the newest version from our website
<https://thunderbird.net>, and existing users will be automatically
updated in the near future. *We encourage those who rely on the popular
add-on Enigmail to wait to update* until the automatic update rolls out
to them to ensure their encrypted email settings are properly imported
into Thunderbird’s new built-in OpenPGP encrypted email feature.
Last year’s release focused on ensuring Thunderbird has a stable
foundation on which to build. The new Thunderbird 78 aims to improve the
experience of using Thunderbird, adding many quality-of-life features to
the application and making it easier to use.
Compose Window Redesign
Compose Window Comparison, 68 and 78
The compose window has been reworked to help users find features more
easily and to make composing a message faster and more straightforward.
The compose window now also takes up less space with recipients listed
in “pills” instead of an entire line for every address.
Dark Mode <https://blog.thunderbird.net/files/2020/07/Dark-Mode-1.png>
Thunderbird’s new Dark Mode is easier on the eyes for those working in
the dark, and it has the added benefit of looking really cool! The Dark
Mode even works when writing and reading emails – so you are not
suddenly blinded while you work. Thunderbird will look at your operating
system settings to see if you have enabled dark mode OS-wide and respect
those settings. Here are the instructions for setting dark mode in Mac
<https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208976>, and setting dark mode in
Account Setup & Account Central Updated
Account Setup and Account Central Updated, comparison between 68 and 78
The Account Setup window and the Account Central tab, which appears when
you do not have an account setup or when you select an existing account
in the folder tree, have both been updated. The layout and dialogues
have been improved in order to make it easier to understand the
information displayed and to find relevant settings. The Account Central
tab also has new information about the Thunderbird project and displays
the version you are using.
End-to-End Encrypted Email Support
New end-to-end encryption preferences tab.
*Thunderbird 78.2*, due out in the coming months, will offer a new
feature that allows you to end-to-end encrypt your email messages via
OpenPGP. In the past this feature was achieved in Thunderbird primarily
with the Enigmail add-on, however, in this release we have brought this
functionality into core Thunderbird. We’d like to offer a special thanks
to Patrick Brunschwig for his years of work on Enigmail, which laid the
groundwork for this integrated feature, and for his assistance
throughout its development. The new feature is also enabled by the RNP
library, and we’d like to thank the project’s developers for their close
collaboration and hard work addressing our needs.
End-to-end encryption for email can be used to ensure that only the
sender and the recipients of a message can read the contents. Without
this protection it is easy for network administrators, email providers
and government agencies to read your messages. If you would like to
learn more about how end-to-end encryption in Thunderbird works, check
out our article on Introduction to End-to-end encryption in Thunderbird
If you would like to learn more about the development of this feature or
participate in testing, check out the OpenPGP Thunderbird wiki page
Other Notable Changes:
* Calendar and Tasks Integrated
* Folder Icons and Colors Updated
* Minimize to Tray added for Windows
* OTR Messaging Support
* Checkbox Message Select Column
* So much more.
Great Release, Bright Future
The past year has been an amazing year for Thunderbird. We had an
incredible release in version 68 that was popular with our users, and
laid the groundwork for much of what we did in 78. On top of great
improvements in the product, we moved into a new financial and legal
home <https://blog.thunderbird.net/2020/01/thunderbirds-new-home/>, and
we grew our team to thirteen people (soon to be even more)!
We’re so grateful to all our users and contributors who have stuck with
us all these years, and we hope to earn your dedication for the years to
come. Thunderbird 78 is the beginning of a new era for the project, as
we attempt to bring our users the features that they want and need to be
productive in the 2020s – while also maintaining what has made
Thunderbird so great all these years.
Thank you to our wonderful community, please enjoy Thunderbird 78.
Download the newest release from our website. <https://thunderbird.net>
Community & Biz Dev. Manager
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