On Thursday, Mozilla Corporation released the latest update to Thunderbird, its free, open-source email application that has been downloaded 18 million times since its launch in December of 2004.
Called “Thunderbird 1.5”, this new version of the popular platform offers users increased security and notable improvements in the areas of RSS and podcasting. With a more nuanced spam filter and automated updates that alert users to security updates and upgrades, the company believes that the application represents a real step forward from its previous iteration—and, presumably, ahead of the competition.
“Thunderbird enhances the overall e-mail experience, adding antiphishing capabilities to help keep people safer, while also integrating and simplifying access to new technologies, such as RSS,” Christopher Beard, Mozilla’s vice president of products, said in a statement.
On the RSS front, the new Thunderbird now offers users the opportunity to receive their feed updates as email messages. Email spellcheck is now standard, as are message filtering and attachment deletion; toolbar and browser customization are now part of the package as well.