David Ascher, Mozilla Messaging’s CEO, started with
the premise that “email is broken”: “Email and other forms of internet communications present us with a paradox. The stunning proportion of our days spent communicating online clearly indicates that as a society, we are more intricately connected via the internet than ever before….Yet as the number of such interactions grows, and as the number of ways in which we interact grows, the joy that communication can bring is too often replaced by frustration, confusion, or stress. One common short-hand for the above is to say, somewhat flippantly, that ’email is broken’.”
The Mozilla Foundation announced yesterday that it opened Mozilla Messaging to develop its free, open source Thunderbird email software. Thunderbird was put on hold back in autumn, but now they’re taking it on again and the foundation sees a bright future ahead of it.