Thunderbird heading for the future

Even though email clients may seem like a dying breed, Mozilla’s Thunderbird is still going strong, despite some struggles a couple of years ago.

In 2015 Mozilla was considering to drop the iconic bird but a boost in popularity made the company come back on their decision.

Heading for the future

Thunderbird will be moved under a new subsidiary called MZLA Technologies Corporation, which is still part of Mozilla Foundation but is supposed to allow for new partnerships and donations that would further boost revenues and support the future of the app.

“Moving to MZLA Technologies Corporation will not only allow the Thunderbird project more flexibility and agility but will also allow us to explore offering our users products and services that were not possible under the Mozilla Foundation. The move will allow the project to collect revenue through partnerships and non-charitable donations, which in turn can be used to cover the costs of new products and services,” according to Mozilla.

The focus of the email client won’t change under the new subsidiary nor will the teams working on Thunderbird in the future.

In their blog, Mozilla explains: “Thunderbird’s focus isn’t going to change. We remain committed to creating amazing, open-source technology focused on open standards, user privacy, and productive communication. The Thunderbird Council continues to steward the project, and the team guiding Thunderbird’s development remains the same.”

Moving Thunderbird to a new subsidiary also allows Mozilla to “hire more easily, act more swiftly, and pursue ideas that were previously not possible.” This indicates that Mozilla has serious plans to ensure Thunderbird’s future, the company will release more info on this later this year.

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