Thunderbird 102 will include an improved import tool
The team that is developing the Thunderbird email client has been working on the next major version of Thunderbird for some time. One of the new features in Thunderbird 102 is an improved data import tool.
Current versions of the email client support imports, but the process is not streamlined. Some imports require the use of extensions, others including moving data from one Thunderbird installation to another, a copy and paste operation that requires knowledge of paths and data profiles.
The upcoming Thunderbird 102 changes that, at least for some data imports. The team highlighted the new import feature in a new blog post on the official site. The new feature was revealed in late March on Twitter by a member of the development team, but the blog post reveals new information about the planned functionality.
According to the blog post, Thunderbird 102 comes with a step-by-step wizard that guides users through processing important data in the email client. The initial release of Thunderbird 102 supports importing data from Microsoft Outlook, SeaMonkey, and other Thunderbird installations. Future plans to add support for other email services have not been revealed, but there is a possibility that Thunderbird will support additional data sources in future releases.
The first screen of the new import wizard lists all available import options:
- Import from another Thunderbird installation: Import settings, filters, messages, and other data from a Thunderbird profile.
- Import from a SeaMonkey installation – Import settings, filters, messages, and other data from a SeaMonkey profile.
- Import from Outlook – Import accounts, address books, and messages from Outlook.
- Import from file: Select a file to import address books, calendars, or a profile backup (ZIP file).
Precautions have been taken to ensure that duplicate data is not accidentally imported.
Especially the ability to streamline data import from another Thunderbird installation is a welcome addition for many users. Currently, you need to copy the profile folder and the data it contains from the source Thunderbird installation, and paste it into the profile folder location of the new Thunderbird installation.
The new import feature also requires a data source, which users must ensure is available on the local system.
The final version of Thunderbird 102 is expected to be released in late June or early July 2022. The email client follows the Firefox release cycle, but instead of releasing new versions on a fixed date, they are released when they are ready.
The Thunderbird team is also working on a mobile version of the email client for Android. A first version of the app is expected later this year.
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