April 25, 2003

New Names for Mozilla

Mozilla has announced the new names for its new products. The Browser Formerly Known As Phoenix is now called Firebird, and is getting version 0.6 ready. This is also the browser that Mozilla 1.5 is going to be built from, so it’s worth keeping an eye on.

Also work on the stand-alone mail app continues, having been renamed to Thunderbird. Based on the latest Windows build (screenshot), it looks like it’s a Mozilla-branded version of the new AOL Communicator mail program (or is that the other way around?). Which is a good thing, especially if they keep in the AOL account access and spam filters. My wife likes Communicator because it’s handy for her to have her AOL mail and POP mail in one place. It’s a little light on features, though, so I’m sticking with Outlook Express. Maybe one day Thunderbird will have enough to make us both happy.

And maybe Netscape 8 will come out soon, and finally force Microsoft to give us a new version of their two-year-old browser. I can dream, can’t I?

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