Thunderbird 114, the next major release of the open-source email client, will support Firefox Sync. Thunderbird, which shares a codebase with Mozilla’s Firefox web browser, will get support for synchronizing data between different instances of the messaging program.
Synchronization will focus on data that is not already synchronized; this can include synchronization of address books, filters, Thunderbird preferences, templates, and other data.
Thunderbird 102, the latest milestone release, is still only available as a direct download and not as an in-client upgrade. The development team has released three point releases so far, which resolve the issues of the new version.
Thunderbird 114: Sync support
Thunderbird 114 will be released next year, but work has already begun to add important and much-requested features to the email client. A much-requested feature is data synchronization, and that’s what Thunderbird will get in the next release.
The team Noted on Twitter:
We’re excited to share that we’ve already reached an important milestone in the development of Thunderbird 114:
@Firefox Sync is up and running! ?
Syncing email, calendar, and contacts works smoothly in internal testing.
You will never lose your Thunderbird profile again.
Although emails may already be synced between clients, due to how Thunderbird is configured and how mail servers work, other data may not be synced at this point.
The main idea behind the introduction of synchronization in Thunderbird is to improve the configuration of new Thunderbird installations and to ensure that multi-device Thunderbird installations use the same configuration and other data.
Imagine adding a user to a local address book in Thunderbird. Without Sync, you will have to add the contact in every installation of Thunderbird on the same device or on other devices. Or grab a newly created template, new filter rule, or changes to Thunderbird settings. All of these are currently out of sync, which means users must make the changes in every instance of Thunderbird they run.
With Sync in place, Thunderbird users have all changes synced across all their installations. New installations will also pick up the settings automatically, provided Sync is configured.
The team already revealed that some data will also be synced between the desktop installs of the Thunderbird mail client and Thunderbird for Android, which is currently called K-9 Mail.
Synchronization support is another standout feature for Thunderbird. Users who regularly install Thunderbird on new devices or use it on multiple devices will benefit from the built-in data synchronization. Users who don’t need sync can simply skip it, similar to how Firefox Sync can be skipped in Mozilla’s browser.
Now you: What features would you like to see in Thunderbird?