'''Welcome to the [https://www.thunderbird.net/ Thunderbird]
Project's community page''', with links to commonly requested information.
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= Status =
'''Thunderbird is alive and well in 2019! Yes, 2019. [[#Contributing|Please help us keep it that way!]]
The Thunderbird product is developed and managed by the '''Thunderbird Project''', which is collectively the community (both paid staff and volunteers) and the Thunderbird Council:
* The community has continuously [[#Latest release|shipped releases]] with bug fixes and enhancements for many years. Read more at the [https://blog.mozilla.org/thunderbird/ Thunderbird Blog].
* Get the '''beta''' from [https://www.mozilla.org/thunderbird/channel/ the future of Thunderbird].
== Upcoming releases ==
<u>Thunderbird does not release on specific scheduled dates</u>, because we ship when '''code is ready and tested'''.
But we roughly <u>track</u> but does not strictly follow** the '''ESR''' release schedule of Firefox. See the ESR column of [[RapidRelease/Calendar]]. * We typically release 1-3 weeks after published Firefox dates. But it is can be more 1-3 weeks, or it can be less, because we ship when '''code is ready and tested'''. In other words dates cannot be predicted , and if you see a date you should take it with a grain of salt. If you do not see the "newest" version listed at the [https://www.thunderbird.net/ Thunderbird home page], do not worry, it is just not yet ready. Specific new features and fixes happen as volunteers have time to work on them and fix them - there are no schedules for fixes and features can be communicated to users. If you want new features sooner, then please help us [https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/get-involved/ test and code], or use the beta mentioned above.
* [[Thunderbird/Release_Driving|Release Driving]] - How releases move towards completion