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Using Thunderbird for e-mail

Is Thunderbird a Web-based e-mail program that runs on the Firefox browser? Or is it a mail server like MS Exchange?

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Thunderbird is an open source and platform-independent e-mail and newsgroup client available from Mozilla.org. Mozilla is the same organization that develops the popular Firefox Web browser. Thunderbird doesn't run on Firefox; rather, it is a stand-alone e-mail client much like Outlook Express, Novell Evolution or Kmail. Thunderbird is available on several platforms, including Linux, Windows, UNIX and Mac OS X computers and supports the POP and IMAP e-mail protocol standards. First available in December 2004, Thunderbird is particularly innovative with its client-side junk mail filter. For more information about Thunderbird, visit the Thunderbird Website.

This was first published in June 2005

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