Monday, 23 May 2016 07:00

Thunderbird 45.1: What's new

Dear SoftMaker customers:

A new version of Thunderbird has been released: Thunderbird 45.1 not only offers bug fixes, but also adds numerous new features. This blog article tells you what has been improved in this popular e-mail client.

All users of SoftMaker Office 2016 receive the improvements, too. We are now offering Thunderbird 45.1 as a free download, and SoftMaker's extensions make it easier and faster to use.

Why don't you check right now if your version of Thunderbird is up-to-date? Open the Help menu in Thunderbird, choose the command About Thunderbird and click on the button Check for updates.

In the next step, you should refresh the SoftMaker add-ons, as only the latest revisions are compatible with Thunderbird 45.1. Proceed as follows: In Thunderbird, use the Tools > Add-ons command to open the add-on manager. Click on the Gear icon in the top right of the window and choose the command Check for updates in the menu that appears.

If you have not installed Thunderbird yet, you can download it and the SoftMaker add-ons here for free:

So... What's new in Thunderbird 45.1 after all? Read on...


Hi, I'm Kitty. My friends know me as the office cat at SoftMaker. Yeah, I know, Kitty is a strange name for a tomcat – whatever.

For many cat-years I've been zipping in and out of the offices at SoftMaker (that is, on the rare occasions when I am not sleeping), jumping up onto the desks and just chilling out – preferably on a keyboard or right in front of a monitor. In my more active moments, I hunt imaginary flies and eat anything that looks halfway palatable.

But, alas, this idyllic life of blissful idleness is coming to an end – now I have to earn my privileges by blogging. So, from now on I'll be putting in my two-meows-worth every now and again and keeping you up to date on what's going on with the SoftMakers, my "owners" (that's what they call themselves – I call them "The Food Lady" and "Mr. In-the-way"), and all the rest of my underlings. Hey, let's face it, I run the show here at SoftMaker. You can tell that by all the hair I make it a point to leave lying around in every office.

Dear SoftMaker customers:

The year is still young – and we hope it will be a great one for you!

The results of our charity campaign Load and Help 2015 were also great:

Up to New Year, our free Office packages for Windows, Linux and Android have been downloaded 36,540 times. As SoftMaker pledged to donate 10 euro cents per download, we made a donation totaling 3,654.00 euro. A discount campaign garnered a further 1,312.13 euro, and there was an anonymous donor who also put money in the donation box.

We passed on the total donation amount of 4,966.13 euro in full to various charity projects and have received thank-you notes, some of which we cite below.