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The Grounding of Mozilla's Thunderbird

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There may be no end in sight to the ongoing Secure Boot Saga in the Windows 8 world, but the same, alas, cannot be said for Mozilla's Thunderbird.

No, as was apparently prematurely revealed by a leaked email earlier this month, the "end" for the desktop email client may be all too near now that it's no longer "a priority for Mozilla's product efforts." Rather, while security maintenance updates for the software will continue, any further feature development is being turned over to the community.

"Most Thunderbird users seem happy with the basic email feature set," wrote Mitchell Baker, chair of the Mozilla Foundation, in a recent blog post. "In parallel, we have seen the rising popularity of Web-based forms of communications representing email alternatives to a desktop solution.

"Given this, focusing on stability for Thunderbird and driving innovation through other offerings seems a natural choice," Baker added.

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