Mozilla has launched Thunderbird 1.5, the latest version of its free e-mail client, which includes spam and phishing controls plus support for RSS (Really Simple Syndication).
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Mozilla said version 1.5 was the culmination of a year's worth of feedback from its users and delivers a safe, fast and easy-to-use e-mail system.
Christopher Beard, vice-president of products at Mozilla, said the new version added anti-phishing capabilities to help keep people safer, while integrating and simplifying access to new technologies, such as RSS.
Thunderbird 1.5 also supports streamlined and automated updates. Mozilla said the software update mechanism streamlines product upgrades, making it easier for users to get the latest security and feature updates to Thunderbird. Thunderbird automatically downloads these small updates in the background and prompts users when they are ready for installation.
In terms of spam control and security, Mozilla said the Thunderbird 1.5 offered refined spam filtering to help block junk e-mail. A built-in phishing detector helps protect users against scams by flagging suspicious e-mails.