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Releases: clarify release numbering
= Releases =
[https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/thunderbird/releases/ Thunderbird Project version numbers] generally match up to Mozilla Firefox ESR and beta versions. However, for Thunderbird ONLY ESR and beta match up. (Thunderbird does not release 69, 70, 71, etc) Future ESR releases of Thunderbird upcoming are 78, 88, 98, etc.
== Latest release ==
* Get the current '''release''' of Thunderbird from '''[http://www.getthunderbird.com/ getthunderbird.com]'''.
* Get the '''beta''' from [https://www.mozilla.org/thunderbird/channel/ the future of Thunderbird].
== Upcoming releases ==
* Version 68 and version 60:
** Users Version 60 users are not yet slowly being automatically updated to Thunderbird 68. Unless you want to be on the bleeding edge you will want to stay on version 60, and wait for your automatic update to 68 some time in September. ** Version 60 users will first be updated to 60.9.0, which will the last in the v60 series.
* Thunderbird does not release on specific scheduled dates</u>, because we ship when '''code is ready and tested'''. We roughly <u>track</u> (i.e. do not strictly follow**) the '''ESR''' release schedule of Firefox. See the ESR column of [[RapidRelease/Calendar]].
** ESR Releases typically happen 1-3 weeks week after published Firefox dates. But it could be more, or could be less, because we ship when '''code is ready and tested'''. In other words dates cannot be accurately predicted. 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, the new version is just not yet ready. New features and fixes happen as volunteers have time to work on them and fix them - there are no schedules for fixes and features which 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
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