Wednesday, November 10, 2010

5 Compelling Thunderbird Add-ons

It’s been over three months since I stopped using Windows Mail and switched to Mozilla Thunderbird. I’ve been a Thunderbird fan boy ever since. What makes Thunderbird amazing is that it uses lesser memory when compared to Windows Mail or the awfully bloated Outlook 2010. The ability to integrate Add-ons into Thunderbird is another reason why one should use it. In this post, I am going to list 5 Add-ons that make Thunderbird even more powerful.

If there’s one thing that Outlook has but Thunderbird hasn’t – It’s a calendar and scheduler. Lightning makes up for this loss by providing an amazing calendar that’s very effective.

This add-on aims to eliminate the need to open a browser window when you click a link in Thunderbird. The website behind the link is displayed in thunderbird itself.

This add-on helps you to add a signature text to all of your outgoing emails. Its USP is the ability to add multiple signatures for your work/personal profile.

Thunderbird natively lacks the option to send emails at a later time. The Send later extension allows you to schedule your mail to be delivered at a later point of time.

The name says it all! The add-on reminds you about an impending birthday to a person in your contact book.

Installing Thunderbird Add-ons:

Installing Thunderbird add-ons are a bit different from installing Firefox add-ons. Here’s how to do it:
  • Download the add-on file from the gallery.
  • Open Thunderbird and go to Tools > Add-ons. Click on ‘Install’ in the bottom left of the window that opens and point the downloaded add-on file to it and you are good to go!