The workforce that’s creating the Thunderbird electronic mail consumer has been engaged on the subsequent main launch of Thunderbird for a while. One of many new features of Thunderbird 102 is an improved import device for information.
Present variations of the e-mail consumer assist imports, however the course of just isn’t streamlined. Some imports require using extensions, others, together with shifting information from one Thunderbird set up to a different, a duplicate and paste operation that requires data of knowledge paths and profiles.
The upcoming Thunderbird 102 adjustments that, at the very least for some information imports. The workforce highlighted the brand new import function in a brand new weblog put up on the official site. The brand new function was revealed in late March on Twitter by a improvement workforce member, however the weblog put up reveals new details about the deliberate performance.
In response to the weblog put up, Thunderbird 102 comes with a step-by-step wizard that walks customers via the method of necessary information into the e-mail consumer. The preliminary model in Thunderbird 102 helps the importing of knowledge from Microsoft Outlook, SeaMonkey and different Thunderbird installations. Future plans so as to add assist for different electronic mail providers haven’t been revealed, however there’s a risk that Thunderbird could assist extra information sources in future variations.
The primary display screen of the brand new import wizard lists all out there import choices:
- Import from one other Thunderbird set up — Import settings, filters, messages, and different information from a Thunderbird profile.
- Import from a SeaMonkey set up — Import settings, filters, messages, and different information from a SeaMonkey profile.
- Import from Outlook — Import accounts, handle books, and messages from Outlook.
- Import from a file — Choose a file to import handle books, calendards, or a profile backup (ZIP archive).
Precautions have been taken to make sure that duplicate information just isn’t by accident imported.
Particularly the power to streamline the importing of knowledge from one other Thunderbird set up is a welcome addition for a lot of customers. Presently, it’s required to repeat the profile folder and the info that it comprises from the supply Thunderbird set up, to stick it to the profile folder location of the brand new Thunderbird set up.
The brand new import perform requires an information supply as nicely, which customers want to verify is out there on the native system.
The ultimate model of Thunderbird 102 is predicted to be launched in late June or early July of 2022. The e-mail consumer follows the Firefox launch cycle, however as a substitute of releasing new variations on a set date, they’re launched when they’re prepared.
The Thunderbird workforce is engaged on a mobile version of the email client for Android as nicely. A primary model of the app is predicted later this 12 months.
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