Mozilla Messaging Starts up Operations

New open source organization kicks off development of Thunderbird 3

Feb 19, 2008, 00:00 ET from Mozilla

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Feb. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Mozilla Messaging, the
 new mail focused subsidiary of the non-profit Mozilla Foundation, today
 announced that it has begun operations.
     The initial focus for Mozilla Messaging is the development of
 Thunderbird 3, which will deliver significant improvements, notably
 integrated calendaring, better search and enhancements to the overall user
 experience. Thunderbird is a free, open source email application that is
 used by millions of people around the world and is built using the same
 open source development model as the award-winning Mozilla Firefox Web
     Mozilla Messaging has staffed a small product development team who will
 work as part of a community of contributors from around the world.
     "We're excited to renew the focus of our open source community on the
 future of Thunderbird," said David Ascher, CEO, Mozilla Messaging. "Every
 one of us is committed to building a great email product that people will
 love to use and that serves as the foundation for choice in a critical area
 of Internet software."
     Mozilla Messaging is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Mozilla
 Foundation. The board of directors consists of David Ascher, CEO, Mozilla
 Messaging; Christopher Beard, VP and General Manager, Mozilla Labs; and
 Marten Mickos, CEO of open source database vendor MySQL AB.
     "Thunderbird email is a vital part of the Mozilla project which brings
 freedom to hundreds of millions of internet users worldwide," said Marten
 Mickos, CEO of MySQL AB. "By joining the board of Mozilla Messaging, I hope
 to help the world communicate better."
     For more information, please see the FAQ and the following blog post
 from David Ascher:
FAQ: David Ascher's blog post: About Mozilla Mozilla is a global community dedicated to building free, open source products and technologies that improve the online experience for people everywhere. We work in the open with a highly disciplined, transparent and cooperative development process, under the umbrella of the non-profit Mozilla Foundation. As a wholly owned subsidiary, Mozilla Messaging organizes the development and marketing of email and communications products, including the Mozilla Thunderbird email client. For more information, visit

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