MZLA Technologies Corporation has released Thunderbird 68.5.0; this is the first release of Thunderbird under the newly founded parent company that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mozilla Foundation.
Thunderbird 68.5.0 is already available via the email client’s built-in updating system but also as a direct download on the project’s official website Thunderbird.net.
Thunderbird users may select Help > About Thunderbird to run a check for updates from within the client. The new version should be picked up, downloaded and installed automatically at that point. A restart is required to complete the process.
Thunderbird 60.x installations are not automatically upgraded to the new version unless the calendar add-on Lightning is installed.
The long-standing issue when upgrading from Thunderbird 60.x to 68.x has not been fixed yet. Installed extensions are not updated automatically during the upgrade process; this may be necessary for compatibility purposes and some add-ons may be disabled as a consequence. The integrated update check for add-ons will check for new versions of installed extensions after the upgrade however.
The new version of the email client comes with two new features:
- Support for OAuth 2.0 authentication for POP3 accounts.
- Support for Client Identity IMAP/SMTP Service Extension
Both extend compatibility and are welcome additions to the email program’s list of supported features.
The official release notes list four non-security fixes (three of which fix Calendar issues):
- Calendar: fixed option to remove color from for default categories.
- Calendar: fixed an issue that caused the calendar component to load multiple times.
- Calendar: fixed a bug that caused the Today pane’s width not to be preserved across sessions.
- Fixed a status area bug that made it go blank during account setup.
Additionally, Thunderbird 68.5.0 includes several security updates. The list of fixed security issues reveals high, moderate and low issues that the team fixed in the new release.
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