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Mozilla Thunderbird 102: Free email client will support Matrix in the future

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The free email client Mozilla Thunderbird will have OCP integration in the future matrix received, which is executed directly via the chat function of the open source client. From version 102 max, for which the developers have now provided a preview, the Matrix should become the standard.

Under the slogan “What comes in Thunderbird 102The developers of the Firefox browser and the Thunderbird email client have presented a preview of the future of open source software. Version 102 is scheduled to be released later this year.

Mozilla Thunderbird 102 with Matrix Client

In addition to the integration of the matrix protocol, which is considered particularly secure and for this reason is also used in schools and authorities in Schleswig-Holstein and for the Bundeswehr messenger “BwMessenger”, other modules for free email clients are renewed.

What comes in Thunderbird 102 (2022) 🧵:

The big things:
  • Space Toolbar
  • New address book
  • Link preview cards
  • Account Setup Center
  • Matrix support (initial)
  • Redesign the header
  • import and export


About about:config → chat.prpls.prpl-matrix.disable The Matrix protocol can already be activated in a beta version of Thunderbird 91 by setting the value to false is set.

Organize workspaces into “Spaces”.

The new Spaces toolbar aims to make it easier to organize and switch between workspaces and modules such as the new address book, inbox, outbox, chat, calendar, and tasks, and make it faster for the user to access them.

New Spaces Toolbar in Mozilla Thunderbird 102
The new “Spaces” toolbar in Mozilla Thunderbird 102 (Photo: Mozilla)

In addition to the revised link preview of emails, the so-called “link preview card”, which can convert a link within an email message into a rich link preview, the website content is displayed on the Thunderbird 102 card, is also a new “Account Setup Center” that It aims to make creating new user accounts much easier and faster.

Preview of the new link in Thunderbird 102
Preview of the new link in Thunderbird 102 (Photo: Mozilla)
The new “Account Setup Hub” in Thunderbird 102 (Photo: Mozilla)

In addition, there is a native implementation of the import and export functionality for user accounts, which you no longer need to implement with an add-on, and a redesign of the email header. Mozilla developers have already released some of the mentioned innovations for testing with Thunderbird 99 Beta and Thunderbird 101 on the daily channel.