What’s New in Thunderbird 60

Thunderbird 60, the newest stable release of everyone’s favorite desktop Email client, has been released. This version of Thunderbird is packed full of great new features, fixes, and changes that improve the user experience and make for a worthwhile upgrade. I’ll highlight three of the biggest changes in Thunderbird 60 in this post. For more information on the release check out the list over on the support website and the full release notes over on our website.

Thunderbird’s Photon Look

Like Firefox, Thunderbird now has a new “Photon” look. Tabs are square, the title bar can be toggled on and off, resulting in some saved pixels so your Email can shine. There are also new light and dark themes that ship with Thunderbird by default. Additionally, there are multiple chat themes now available. WebExtension themes are now enabled in Thunderbird as well.

Thunder 57 “Photon” Visual Refresh

Thunder 60 “Photon” Visual Refresh

Also, Thunderbird has a new logo accompanying the new release! We’re very pleased with the new branding that mirrors the Quantum-y upgrade of our sister project Firefox. You can see all the branding updates on Identihub. Identihub is run by Ura Design and they have been a great design partner for Thunderbird, spearheading the logo update as well as helping out in various other ways.

New Thunderbird Logo

New Thunderbird Logo

Attachment Management Improvements

Thunderbird 60 features several improvements to attachment handling in the compose window. Attachments can now be reordered using a dialog, keyboard shortcuts, or drag and drop. The “Attach” button has been moved to the right side of the compose window, above the attachment pane. The localized access key of the attachment pane (e.g. Alt+M for English) now also works to show or hide the pane (on Mac, it’s always Ctrl+M). Hiding a non-empty attachment pane will now show a placeholder paperclip to indicate the presence of attachments and avoid sending them accidentally. The attachment pane can also be shown initially when composing a new message: Right-click on the pane header to enable this option.

Attachment Management in Thunderbird 60

Attachment Management in Thunderbird 60

 

Calendar Improvements

In this new version of Thunderbird there are various improvements to the Calendar. For instance, the calendar allows for copying, cutting or deleting a selected occurrence or the entire series for recurring events. Calendar provides an option to display locations for events in calendar day and week views. Calendar now has the ability to send meeting notifications directly instead of showing a popup. When pasting an event or task, calendar lets the user select a target calendar. Finally, email scheduling is now possible when using CalDAV servers supporting server-side scheduling.

Other Changes

Outside of the changes described above there are many other improvements and bug fixes in Thunderbird 60. To get an idea of the full scope you can check out the great list over at the Mozilla Support site or the release notes.

Lastly, you can give Thunderbird 60 a try by downloading it here. If you want to support the development of Thunderbird, please consider making a donation.

21 responses

  1. Nicholas wrote on :

    Been (and still) using the beta for ages and it is much improved product! Good work, am a massive fan and have been using Thunderbird / Firefox for longer than I can remember.

  2. Ferreira Nel wrote on :

    Great work!

  3. Ruben wrote on :

    Great update! My respect and appreciation for all the contributors.
    I was eagerly waiting for this release, so I installed it right away.

    The square tabs and Photon icons give Thunderbird a much needed fresh look, in line with Firefox Quantum. It’s great to see the FF and TB desktop icons next to each other, like brother and sister, knowing that both open-source projects have been receiving more attention in comparison to a few years ago.

    The many improvements (show location in calendar, attachment handling, security updates etc.) together with the careful refresh of the UI (without breaking people’s habits nor removing functionality) deserve much praise. Hopefully, older add-ons will be upgraded and new ones will be created, like it was the case with FF Quantum.

    Thanks again!

  4. V!nc3r wrote on :

    It’s always great to see Thunderbird updated 🙂

  5. Tagomago wrote on :

    Thanks for this effort. Really looking forward to that address book rewrite you talked about on the Bryan Lunduke show. Please, add custom fields and tabs for every contact and enhance the import ability from other formats/platforms!

    1. Óvári wrote on :

      Have you tried the CardBook add-on
      https://gitlab.com/CardBook/CardBook
      https://addons.thunderbird.net/addon/cardbook/

      “About the future of Thunderbird, whatever would be the path to the new Thunderbird, I’m [Philippe Vigneau] ready and open to work to make CardBook the new Thunderbird addressbook”
      https://gitlab.com/CardBook/CardBook#roadmap
      https://mail.mozilla.org/pipermail/tb-planning/2017-April/005378.html

  6. Ikechukwu wrote on :

    Finally! Can’t wait to try this once I get home

  7. Andromeda wrote on :

    Any procedure to migrate from Thunderbird 52 to Thunderbird 60?

    1. Ryan Sipes wrote on :

      There will be one in place once 60.1 release. We aren’t forcing an update at the moment from 52. You can download and install TB60 and your settings should transfer over.

      1. Piero wrote on :

        Thank you for this information, I deeply apreciate it!

      2. Óvári wrote on :

        Could you please advise the ETA of Thunderbird 60.1 release. Thank you

        1. Ryan Sipes wrote on :

          Generally the point releases are 6 weeks apart. So, we’ve got approximately six/five-ish left?

  8. Steffen wrote on :

    Thanks for Thunderbird and this effort. Great work.

  9. J P wrote on :

    Unfortunately, had to revert back to version 52.9.1 as 90% of extensions I use will not function with version 60.

    1. Ryan Sipes wrote on :

      What extensions are you using? It is a good idea to contact the authors and let them know that you would like them to update their add-ons for Thunderbird 60 compatibility.

  10. Bill wrote on :

    “the title bar can be toggled on and off”

    I can afford to sacrifice these 25 pixels, where is this toggle? I can’t stand the look without the title bar but I’ve gone through the menus and I don’t see any option to get the title bar back.

    1. Ryan Sipes wrote on :

      It’s in Preferences -> Advanced -> Config Editor -> mail.tabs.drawInTitlebar, you can set that setting to true or false.

      1. Bill wrote on :

        Oh, of course it is! Why didn’t I think of that myself! It’s so obvious!

        Seriously, why make such a jarring visual change, make it the new default, make a point of saying that “it can be toggled!” but neglect to mention that the setting in hidden in the advanced config, under a completely non-intuitive name?

        1. Ryan Sipes wrote on :

          You are right, I am working on a fix to get it into an easier to manage place: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1482439

  11. Jon F wrote on :

    Absolutely love the new update, just found out about it today when reinstalling Thunderbird on a client’s machine.

    Quick question, is there a way to make it so attachments on received messages are on top instead of at the bottom where I commonly miss them?

  12. Dmitriy wrote on :

    Because of update many plugins are now incompatible with 60.0 version, so I ask for must have function that not exist by default in Thunderbird: work in tray, and minimize to tray after close windows or Alt+F4. Without this use mail client is hard because you can accidentally close it and miss your incoming emails.