It’s official: Thunderbird is go !

September 18, 2007 at 09:53 Leave a comment

Thunderbirds are Go!Mozilla spins-off its Thunderbird e-mail client into a brand new organisation code-named “MailCo” and invested $3 million USD in start-up money.

The move is identical to the one made by the umbrella Mozilla Foundation in 2005 when it created Mozilla Corp. to manage Firefox. “The new organization doesn’t have a name yet, so I’ll call it MailCo here,” said Mozilla CEO Mitchell Baker on her blog. “Technically, it will be a wholly owned subsidiary of the Mozilla Foundation, just like the Mozilla Corporation.

MailCo is the result of internal talks and public discussion about the future of Thunderbird that began in July. Then, Baker, who also chairs the Foundation, said that because Firefox was Mozilla Corp.’s first priority, it had to “let go” of Thunderbird.

As Mitchell Baker writes on her blog:

Mitchell Baker<snip> Mozilla has been investing in email since the Foundation was created. We have a good, solid client in Thunderbird, and we have aspirations to do more. </snip>

<snip> The result is that Mozilla is launching a new effort to improve email and internet communications. We will increase our investment and focus on our current email client — Thunderbird — and on innovations in the email and communications areas. We are doing so by creating a new organization with this as its sole focus and committing resources to this organization. The new organization doesn’t have a name yet, so I’ll call it MailCo here. MailCo will be part of the Mozilla Foundation and will serve the public benefit mission of the Mozilla Foundation. (Technically, it will be a wholly owned subsidiary of the Mozilla Foundation, just like the Mozilla Corporation.) </snip>

<snip> The goals for the new company are:

  • Take care of Thunderbird users
  • Move Thunderbird forward to provide better, deeper email solutions
  • Create a better user experience for a range of Internet communications — how does / should email work with IM, RSS, VoIP, SMS, site-specific email, etc?
  • Spark the types of community involvement and innovation that we’ve seen around web “browsing” and Firefox. </snip>

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