"Mozilla Messaging announced today the first official alpha
release of the next generation Thunderbird e-mail application.
Although this release offers some improvements over its
predecessor, it isn't intended for production use yet. We tested
some of the new functionality to see how it is shaping up.
"The Mozilla Foundation gently nudged Thunderbird out of the
nest last year when it created the Mozilla Messaging subsidiary to
manage ongoing development of the popular open source e-mail
program. The goal was to give Thunderbird more autonomy and its own
organizational structure so that it could continue growing. Shortly
after its official launch, Mozilla Messaging began to formulate
plans for Thunderbird 3..."