Mozilla, an organization that is best known for its Firefox web browser is starting 2019 by renewing focus on its Thunderbird email client. It's a move that comes after a meandering 20 year path.
Email is not a new thing for Mozilla and to understand how long the organization has been grappling with developing an email client, it's important to go back and look at the history of the internet itself. Mozilla has its roots in the Netscape browser, which in its final years had a full suite known as the Netscape Communicator suite, that included both email and web browser applications. The original Mozilla suite, that debuted in 1998 included both email and browser capabilities.