Thunderbird:2.0 Product Planning
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Thunderbird 2 Feature List Brainstorming
We are currently in pre-planning for Thunderbird 2, and would like to collect all the ideas for front-end, user-facing feature enhancements in a single place. Our goal is to create a single index that lists what sorts of things we're thinking of doing, with links to more detailed ideas about implementation specifics or concerns.
Thunderbird 2 will be happening on the 1.8 branch which is the same branch used for the 1.5 release.
note: mozilla platform feature enhancements are not in scope for this page; please refer to the Draft Gecko 1.9 Roadmap
We've built up a lot of really cool features and technologies in Thunderbird over the last couple of years. We'd like to make Thunderbird 2.0 focus on coming up with creative and innovative ways of exposing a lot of the information and features we've already built.
2.0 Feature Ideas
| New Mail Alerts
Provide more contextual information about new mail in the animated alert.
| Folder Summary Tooltips
Allow users to quickly see the contents of new messages in unopened folders without forcing them to actually open the folder, and thus losing their current e-mail context.
| Favorite Folders
Support a global list of Favorite folders that can include folders from any account. Support other folder views such as Folders with Unread Messages.
| Tabbed Messages
The ability to have message tabs including the ability to reply, forward and perform all of the usual activities on tabbed messages. Integrated tabbed design with favorite folders across the top of the thread pane per Ben's design ideas.
| Message Tags
Rebrand message labels as tags. Expand the functionality to include arbitrary number of tags and multiple tags per message. Investigate supporting auto generation of saved search folders for tags.
Rebrand message threads as conversations. Also, make it easier to group your message replies into folders other than the Sent folder.
|Cache Search Results for Saved Search Folders
|2.0 / 3.0
| UI Face Lift for the 3-pane Window
Come up with some fresh user interface changes for the 3-pane. Not sure what we mean here yet. Looking for ideas and mockups.