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Version 102.0.1, first offered to channel users on July 5, 2022​

Fixed:​

  • Mailbox MSF files could become corrupt in some circumstances
  • OpenPGP Key Assistant did not show status for addresses handled by aliases
  • Attaching an external OpenPGP public key failed if configured with a subkey ID
  • Thunderbird continued using an old password after changing it
  • New mail notifications were only shown for one mail account when multiple accounts were configured
  • LDAP Address Books could not be configured using IPv6 address literals
  • CardDAV contacts (notably Google-hosted) with more than one email address were not always editable
  • Address Book accessibility improvements
  • Various UI improvements
  • Icons converted to new style
 

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Version 102.0.2, first offered to channel users on July 12, 2022​


Changed​

  • Double-clicking chat messages will no longer execute a default action

Fixes​

  • "File" menu was covered by Spaces Toolbar
  • Sub-folders with new messages were not highlighted until clicked
  • Attachment paper clip was cut off in message list
  • OpenPGP signatures were broken when "Primary Password" dialog remained open
  • Non-ASCII messages forwarded as attachments were garbled
  • Importing from Seamonkey or Outlook failed in second step
  • Deleting messages from a POP server occasionally failed
  • Offline cache was unusable for NNTP accounts
  • News messages were not shown in preview pane
  • Address fields were not populated when using "Edit as new message"
  • Sometimes only the first letter of a contact's Organization name was displayed
  • Double-click to edit selected contacts action did not work
  • Some CardDAV contact fields were displayed with additional backslashes in the value
  • Pending chat message contents were not updated when the conversation was not selected
  • Various UI improvements


 
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Version 102.0.3, first offered to channel users on July 20, 2022

Changed​

  • Support for Google Talk chat accounts removed

Fixed​

  • Thunderbird could crash on startup on Windows 11
  • After compacting folders, new downloaded messages were inaccessible
  • Marking a message as a Favorite (starred) did not update the thread pane when using Unified Folders
  • Compose window failed to populate some fields when S/MIME was configured
  • Non-text attachments has an incorrect "charset=windows-1250" mime header
  • Messages sent as attachments incorrectly had an "X-Mozilla-Cloud-Part" header
  • Improved Address Book import/export support in Profile Importer
  • IMAP stability improvements
  • Offline cache was unusable for NNTP accounts
  • Signing S/MIME messages failed
  • Various UI improvements
 

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Thunderbird's next milestone release will support Firefox Sync​

Thunderbird 114: syncing support​


Thunderbird 114 will be released next year, but work has already begun on adding important, and much requested, features to the email client. A much requested feature is data synchronization, and that is what Thunderbird will be getting in the upcoming release.

The team noted on Twitter:
We are thrilled to share that we've already reached an important development milestone for Thunderbird 114:
@Firefox Sync is up and running! ?
Email, Calendar, and Contact syncing works without issue during internal testing.
You'll never lose your Thunderbird profile again.

While emails may get synced already between clients, courtesy of how things are set up in Thunderbird and thanks to how email servers operate, other data may not be synced at this point.

The main idea behind introducing synchronization in Thunderbird is to improve setting up new Thunderbird installations and to make sure that cross-device Thunderbird installations use the same configuration and other data.

Imagine adding a user to a local address book in Thunderbird. Without Sync, you'd have to add the contact in every Thunderbird installation on the same device or other devices. Or take a newly created template, a new filtering rule, or modifications to Thunderbird settings. All of these are not synced at the moment, which means that users have to make the changes in every instance of Thunderbird they run.

With Sync in place, Thunderbird users have all changes synced across all their installations. New installs will pick up the settings automatically as well, provided that Sync is configured.

The team revealed already that some data will also be synced between desktop installations of the Thunderbird email client and Thunderbird for Android, which currently is still called K-9 Mail.
 

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Version 102.1.0, first offered to channel users on July 26, 2022​

Fixed:​

  • Activity Manager did not display POP message downloads
  • Mail Folder Properties dialog was not sized correctly, cutting off contents
  • Expired news messages did not display an error
  • Calendar Column Picker closed prematurely after selecting/deselecting a single column
  • Various UI improvements
  • Various security fixes
 

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Version 102.1.1, first offered to channel users on August 8, 2020​

Changed:​

  • OpenPGP Key Manager will clear selected keys after a deletion is performed

Fixed:​

  • Update notification popups were still displayed after switching to another desktop workspace on Linux
  • macOS display issues made Thunderbird unusable
  • OpenPGP public key was not automatically attached after enabling encryption from reminder and default setting is "Do not encrypt"
  • Importing OpenPGP keys stored in binary format failed
  • Exporting an OpenPGP public key from Account Settings failed
  • Saving encrypted OpenPGP attachments created corrupt files
  • Receiving many OpenPGP keys in a single email caused Thunderbird to hang
  • POP3 message download progress bar was not displayed
  • OAuth2 authentication was not available when the mail domain did not match the OAuth provider domain
  • OAuth did not work with some POP servers
  • RSS feed URL links in headers panel could not be activated by keyboard
  • Self-signed TLS certificates did not work with POP3 connections
  • Non-ascii characters in passwords did not work with POP3 connections
  • An error was not displayed when an incorrect password was entered for a POP3 account
  • NNTP articles were not displayed in preview pane when a Primary Password was set
  • NNTP articles did not download when the hostname of the server was not all in lower-case
  • Saving NNTP messages to local disk failed
  • Drag and Drop from Address Book into Compose window sometimes added unexpected contacts to the target
  • "Default" label not shown for emails when editing a contact
  • Contact Title, Role, and Organization fields could be displayed in the wrong order
  • Contact birthdays on February 29 were displayed incorrectly in non-leap years
  • Detection of photos in vCards improved
  • Drag and drop contacts to another address book was not available
  • Contacts stored in a Google CardDAV address book contained extra backslashes in text fields
  • Contacts without First/Last/Display Names appeared blank in contact list
  • Auto-attaching vCard and OpenPGP keys did not always work as expected
  • Settings page used caused excessive CPU usage
  • Calendar did not respect Date and Time Formatting in Settings
  • OpenPGP Key Import wizard did not adapt to dark theme
  • Various visual and theme improvements
  • Various accessibility improvements
 

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Version 102.1.2, first offered to channel users on August 9, 2022​

Fixed:​

  • The fix for bug 1777765 (no POP download progress bar) was backed out from this release to address broken POP message download with Fetch headers only selected in Account Settings (bug 1783552).

Known Issues​

Unresolved:​

  • No progress bar shown for POP message downloads
  • "Get Map" feature missing from address book for physical addresses
  • Custom fields missing from address book
  • No dedicated "Department" field in address book
 

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Thunderbird 114: the major changes​

Here is the list of improvements that the Thunderbird development team plans to integrate in Thunderbird 114. While the team aims to deliver all the features in Thunderbird 114, it is possible that some may be postponed or dropped entirely.
  • Firefox Sync support -- Thunderbird is based on the same core as the Firefox browser. The introduction of syncing support via Firefox Sync allows users to sync email accounts, preferences, tags and filters between all desktop versions and the Android version.
  • Unified Toolbar -- A toolbar that is visible all the time in the application acting as a "simple interaction point for searching, interacting with the app menu and tab management".
  • App Menu -- A single menu that replaces the Hamburger-style menu.
  • Redesign of Mail tab -- Improve the mail tab with new features such as multi-line message list support and conversational threads.
  • Conversational View -- Thunderbird will see messages in a thread as conversations. Features of this view include collapsing and expanding individual messages. The view takes into account messages in all folders to unify them under a single view.
  • Global Message Index -- Conversation View needs to keep track of messages everywhere, and that means that Thunderbird needs a database that acts as an index of all messages.
  • 3Pane -- replaces XUL tree.
  • Drop Window -- unknown at this point.
  • Link Preview Card improvements -- will become "more useful and visually appealing".
  • Account Setup Hub -- Thunderbird 114 gets a central location to set up accounts, get new email addresses, import existing profiles, set up calendar, chat or feeds.
  • Customizable shortcuts.
  • Calendar UI -- unknown at this point.
 

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How to set up end-to-end encryption for your e-mails in Mozilla's Thunderbird​

In recent years, companies have been implementing various levels of encryption within their apps and services. ProtonMail offers encryption between its mail users, WhatsApp has encryption turned on by default, and Facebook Messenger lets you flip to more secure chats if you would like. While not the most straightforward to set up, Mozilla has tightly integrated PGP into its e-mail client Thunderbird, so you can encrypt e-mails, no matter your provider.

In this guide, I’ll go over:
  • How to set up your encryption keys
  • How to add your contact’s keys
  • How to share your own keys
  • How to upload your keys to a keyserver, so they can be found easily
  • How to backup your keys
 
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I want to keep an offline copy of my Fastmail important emails. My emails are organised in folders using inbox filtering rules. Now if I link my Fastmail account to Thunderbird using Pop protocol, will all my folders be downloaded or just the Inbox folder?
 

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Version 102.2.0, first offered to channel users on August 23, 2022

New
  • Config setting added to disable OpenPGP "encryption is possible" reminder: mail.openpgp.remind_encryption_possible
Changed
  • Thunderbird on macOS will now prompt for Primary Password on startup if set
  • Thunderbird will no longer offer to import OpenPGP keys that are incomplete
  • Selecting or unselecting a dictionary in the Spelling compose toolbar button will no longer immediately close the menu; Making dictionary changes via the editor context menu will continue to close the context menu
  • Contact address lines are now adjusted to appear in the expected order
  • Custom1-4 fields restored to Address Book UI; existing data is preserved from pre-102 profiles
Fixed
  • Thunderbird startup performance improvements
  • ALT+<numpad digits> keypress events were intercepted by the Spaces Toolbar, preventing special character entry on Windows
  • Searching on attachment status did not work in Message Search dialog
  • Repairing IMAP folders in Offline mode removed local copy of the folders
  • POP3 message download progress bar was not displayed
  • POP Fetch headers only mode did not work for some server configurations
  • POP accounts using GSSAPI or NTLM authentication were not able to log into the server
  • A TLS certificate override dialog for self-signed certificates was not shown for IMAP accounts
  • Saving attachments from newsgroups did not work
  • Setting contact type to "None" was not possible if a type was previously set
  • Editing a contact without Name fields populated filled in the email address into the name fields
  • Address book toolbar buttons were not keyboard accessible
  • Auto-detection of CalDAV and CardDAV via DNS records used server domain leading to failures
  • Various visual and theme improvements
  • Various security fixes


 
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Thunderbird 102.2.1 launches with important security fixes​

The official security advisories page lists four different security issues that are patched in the new email client version. One issues is rated high, the other three are rated moderate.
  • CVE-2022-3033: Leaking of sensitive information when composing a response to an HTML email with a META refresh tag
  • CVE-2022-3032: Remote content specified in an HTML document that was nested inside an iframe's srcdoc attribute was not blocked
  • CVE-2022-3034: An iframe element in an HTML email could trigger a network request
  • CVE-2022-36059: Matrix SDK bundled with Thunderbird vulnerable to denial-of-service attack
The official release notes lists several non-security improvements and fixes in the email client. The only new feature in Thunderbird 102.2.1 is the -calendar startup parameter to load the Calendar on start of the email client.

The only change displays a button now during account setup to connect automatically discovered address books and calendars.

More than a dozen fixes are listed. They address a whole range of issues, including Pop email retrieval issues after network errors and recoveries, issues when exporting a profile, or issues when updating mail quota colors.
 

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Thunderbird 102.2.1 launches with important security fixes​



Thunderbird 102.2.1 contains high-impact security fixes; users are encouraged to update as soon as possible.
 

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Version 102.2.2, first offered to channel users on September 7, 2022​


Changed
  • Setting added to change Calendar event double-click action to open Edit Event dialog rather than view only; Set calendar.events.defaultActionEdit to true.

Fixed
  • Running Compact Folders on maildir folders caused a redownload of all messages in the folder
  • Accessing mail folders in profiles with many folders was slow
  • SMTP servers were not always properly initialized, and were not listed in Account Settings
  • APOP authentication unsupported when connecting to POP3 server
  • OpenPGP key discovery failed
  • POP accounts hosted by AOL were not able to authenticate using OAuth2
  • Unable to open context menu in newsgroups header for groups that are not subscribed
 

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Version 102.3.0, first offered to channel users on September 20, 2022​


Changed
  • Thunderbird will no longer attempt to import account passwords when importing from another Thunderbird profile in order to prevent profile corruption and permanent data loss.
  • Devtools performance profile will use Thunderbird presets instead of Web Developer presets
Fixed
  • Thunderbird startup performance improvements
  • Saving email source and images failed
  • Error message was shown repeatedly when temporary disk space was full
  • Attaching OpenPGP keys without a set size to non-encrypted messages briefly displayed a size of zero bytes
  • Global Search entry box initially contained "undefined"
  • Delete from POP Server mail filter rule intermittently failed to trigger
  • Connections to POP3 servers without UIDL support failed
  • Pop accounts with "Fetch headers only" set downloaded complete messages if server did not advertise TOP capability
  • "File -> New -> Address Book Contact" from Compose window did not work
  • Attach "My vCard" option in compose window was not available
  • Improved performance of matching a contact to an email address
  • Address book only recognized a contact's first two email addresses
  • Address book search and autocomplete failed if a contact vCard could not be parsed
  • Downloading NNTP messages for offline use failed
  • NNTP client became stuck when connecting to Public-Inbox servers
  • Various visual and UX improvements
  • Various security fixes


 
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Version 102.3.1, first offered to channel users on September 28, 2022​


Changed​

  • Compose window encryption options now only appear for encryption technologies that have already been configured
  • Number of contacts in currently selected address book now displayed at bottom of Address Book list column

Fixed​

  • Password prompt did not include server hostname for POP servers
  • Edit Contact was missing from Contacts sidebar context menus
  • Address Book contact lists cut off display of some characters, the result being unreadable
  • Menu items for dark-themed alarm dialog were invisible on Windows 7
  • Various security fixes
 

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Version 102.3.2, first offered to channel users on October 7, 2022​


Changed​

  • Thunderbird will try to use POP CRAM-MD5 authentication even if not advertised by server

Fixed​

  • Checking messages on POP3 accounts caused POP folder to lock if mail server was slow or non-responsive
  • Newsgroups named with consecutive dots would not appear when refreshing list of newsgroups
  • Sending news articles containing lines starting with dot were sometimes clipped
  • CardDAV server sync silently failed if sync token expired
  • Contacts from LDAP on macOS address books were not displayed
  • Chat account input now accepts URIs for supported chat protocols
  • Chat ScreenName field was not migrated to new address book
  • Creating a New Event from the Today Pane used the currently selected day from the main calendar instead of from the Today Pane
  • New Event button in Today Pane was incorrectly disabled sometimes
  • Event reminder windows did not close after being dismissed or snoozed
  • Improved performance of recurring event date calculation
  • Quarterly calendar events on the last day of the month repeated one month early
  • Thunderbird would hang if calendar event exceeded the year 2035
  • Whitespace in calendar events was incorrectly handled when upgrading from Thunderbird 91 to 102
  • Various visual and UX improvements


 
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