Codename Lanikai: Thunderbird 3.1 Beta Released
Article by George Norman
On 12 Mar 2010
After a lengthy development process, the Mozilla Messaging team released version 3.0 of its email client back in December, 2009. Since then the team has been working on making Thunderbird better and safer. For example it launched Thunderbird 3.0.2 which plugs critical security vulnerabilities, and Thunderbird 3.0.3 which comes with a “fix for missing folders or empty folder pane after updating to Thunderbird 3.0.2”.

But the focus here is not on the stable version of Thunderbird – I just thought I’d bring it up to as a little side note. The focus is on the future of Thunderbird, mainly version 3.1. Thunderbird 3.1, which was released as an Alpha back in February, has now graduated to Beta status. Thunderbird 3.1 Beta, codename Lanikai, is available for download in 25 languages; works with Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.


Here is what Thunderbird 3.1 has to offer, as detailed by Mozilla Messaging:
  • Several fixes to improve upgrading from Thunderbird 2.
  • Several fixes for auto complete, tabs, and activity manager.
  • Several design improvements and corrections to the interface.
  • Stability and memory improvements.

This is of course on top of the bits the Alpha version brought to the table:
  • Several improvements to IMAP.
  • Several fixes for Smart Folders, message filters, and attachment handling.
  • Several design improvements and corrections to the interface.
  • Download Manager is now accessible as a menu item (Tools > Saved Files).
  • Stability and memory improvements.

If you would like to get Thunderbird 3.1 “Lanikai” Beta 1, you can download it straight from Mozilla
Don’t forget to see the
release notes.

You might be wondering what the codename of Thunderbird 3.1 is all about. I’ve said it before, and I am going to say it again for those of you that haven’t been paying attention: Lanikai is a Hawaiian beach located on the windward coast of Oahu (the third largest of the Hawaiian Islands). It is a small beach, measuring just half a mile (that’s about 800m, for the European reader). But it is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

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