Thunderbird 1.5 is out

The Mozilla Foundation has released the second iteration of Thunderbird, the open source e-mail, feed reader and newsgroup application. Thunderbird 1.5 is now available in 24 languages (with more to come in the next few days) for Windows, MacOS X and Linux platforms.

It is the most important update to Thunderbird since its initial release in December 2004, and it is full packed with new features and bug fixes:

  • Automated update to streamline product upgrades. Notification of an update is more prominent, and updates to Thunderbird may now be half a megabyte or smaller. Updating extensions has also improved.
  • Sort address autocomplete results by how often you send e-mail to each recipient.
  • Spell check as you type.
  • Saved Search Folders can now search across multiple accounts.
  • Built in phishing detector to help protect users against email scams.
  • Podcasting and other RSS Improvements.
  • Deleting attachments from messages.
  • Integration with server side spam filtering.
  • Reply and forward actions for message filters.
  • Kerberos Authentication.
  • Auto save as draft for mail composition.
  • Message aging.
  • Filters for Global Inbox.
  • Improvements to product usability including redesigned options interface, and SMTP server management.
  • Many security enhancements.