Mozilla Thunderbird

A companion of the MozillaFirefox browser, MozillaThunderbird is an OpenSource email client that comes with a RssViewer. GetItFirstFromHere if you want an alternative to MicrosoftOutlook or MicrosoftOutlookExpress.

More comprehensive reviews have not been issued yet. See for an initial report.

Q: Can it be configured to use HotMail and Yahoo mail servers?

A: Not out of the box, but the third party apps that slurp down hotmail and yahoo mailboxes could probably expose it as a POP feed. Would take some hacking to do though, since Thunderbird doesn't implement the full range of MAPI that many of the windows versions of these adaptors use.

Q: Has it got any extension mechanism similar to FireFox XPI? I would be particularly interested in linking it to VbClassic applications.

A: Its extension mechanism is XPI (XPCOM actually, xpi is the file extension that means "XPCOM Interface"). There are a scant few extensions, and it might be instructive to grab some of them and tinker with them. Be sure to share any results that you can -- documentation is otherwise so scant that aspiring hackers need the examples.

See Also: MozillaBrowser

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