Back in 2011, we conducted some Thunderbird product research and found that a large proportion of respondents was expecting to obtain an new email address with Thunderbird. As unexpected as this finding was, we looked at it more closely and got convinced that this was a very nice feature. Since Mozilla is not in the business of email service, we decided to partner with email service providers to provide a great range of options. Some of them offer free email, some others paid service. For example, some would offer an address with my last name as a domain name for a small fee: John Smith will then then be able to buy email@example.com. Some others will propose super secured crypto email, backup features… you name it. All of this from Thunderbird. Awesome !
So here we are now in 2012, putting the last touch to it. And this is how it looks like:
We’re now close to launching this feature. As a matter of fact, you can already play with it if you use the current Thunderbird beta version. We only have allowed one email provider, but that should give you an idea of how it works. Please, go and give it try!
Of course, the more providers we can propose, the better and this is where you can help:
- if you are an email provider and want your service to be offered to millions of Thunderbird users, just get in touch with us.
- if you know an email provider you would like to recommend, please go ahead and let us know. And if you know someone there, that’s even better. We can’t wait for your introduction!
(private messages can be sent to thunderbird [at] mozilla.com)
We are truly excited by this feature. This is one of the many to come in the next months. We hope you will enjoy it – let us know what you think.