MailCo: More horsepower!

I’m very excited to share the following news: Dan Mosedale (dmose to his IRC friends) has agreed to help me launch MailCo. For those of you who don’t know Dan, you should know that he’s been involved in Mozilla since the early days, and has contributed significantly both to Thunderbird and to the Calendar project. I can’t think of a better person to help lead me this project. Not only does he have the coding and architectural chops to help lead the code from a strictly technical point of view, but Dan also has a great rapport with the community, understands what it takes to mentor new contributors and guide them through the various stages of involvement, and shares my ambition for what Thunderbird can become.
The current plan is that he’ll be working with me and the rest of the MailCo staff (being recruited as I write) for the next four months at least, bringing his expertise and knowledge to bear on everything from roadmap and product planning, hiring, community leadership, and whatever else I can throw his way.

As he’s currently working on important Firefox 3 features, we’ll find a transition plan which works well both for Thunderbird and Firefox. I’m expecting a gradual transition, as I know that I want Firefox 3 to succeed as much as the Firefox team wants Thunderbird to succeed.

Now Dan, about the demorkification project


  1. I can’t wait for progress on Thunderbird to ramp up, finally having the manpower to do some amazing things. Even more so, I can’t wait until you announce the hire of some interface designers David.


  2. Thank goodness! I am so tired of crappy IMAP support, crashes from outlook, etc. Granted Thunderbird isn’t too great in those department atm. I have been proposing developing a mail client at our local linux user group as a group project. As I was doing my presentation for it, it dawned on me that Thunderbird’s main users will be business users. I got quoted recently in a computerWorld article for my work on Firefox enterprise deployment. Other people interviewed in the article also came to the same conclusion as me about the enterprise/business users. And that is there really isn’t too much demand. As much as Firefox is popular, we are just not seeing mass adoption by business users. Other than that, I do like to work on a better mail client.


  3. There are many things TB is falling behind in these days. So many people I show it to find it lacking in countless areas. For example, why can’t it be the hub of your mail and have plug-ins for things like cell phone access (including reading and text) so that I can easily access my mail at any time but not have to run countless confusing setups to keep it all straight?


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