- Jun 14, 2011
Thunderbird is quickly approaching its 20th anniversary as a standalone email client. And as we get closer to this year’s release of Thunderbird 115 “Supernova” we’re hearing a certain question more and more often:
“Why does Thunderbird look so old, and why does it take so long to change?”
~ A notable percentage of Thunderbird users
It’s certainly a valid one, so let’s spend some time answering it!
As Thunderbird’s Product Design manager, I have some good insights into what’s happening and where things are going. Consider this article (and the companion video below) the first painting in a more complete mural showing where Thunderbird is headed, and why some of the things we’re doing might seem counterintuitive.
Some of the talking points below might be divisive. They might touch a nerve. But we believe in being transparent and open about both our past and our future.
"Why does Thunderbird look so old, and why does it take so long to change?" Let's answer that burning question with some important history.