The team behind the Thunderbird email client has released Thunderbird 68.9.0 Stable to the public. Thunderbird follows the release schedule and versioning of Firefox ESR, Extended Support Release. Mozilla decreased the time between Firefox releases recently and that is the core reason why you see more Thunderbird releases coming out.
Thunderbird 68.9.0 is already available. The email client's integrated update check should pick up the new version and offer it for download to users. Thunderbird users who don't want to wait this long can select Help > About Thunderbird to run a manual check for updates or download the new release from the official project website to install it manually.
The Thunderbird 68.9.0 release notes lists three bug fixes and security fixes.
The bug fixes corrected the following issues in previous versions of the email client:
Information about the security updates in Thunderbird 68.9.0 has not been released yet. The Security Fixes page lists Thunderbird 68.8.0 as the last version at the time of writing. The release is delayed usually to push updates out to systems before information about potential security issues is revealed to the public.
The next major version of the Thunderbird email client will be released on June 30, 2020. Thunderbird 78.0 is a major release; it will make changes to the add-on system and will lead to add-on incompatibilities. Classic extensions won't be supported anymore and developers have to update the extensions so that the extensions remain compatible with Thunderbird.
One developer decided to create a campaign on Kickstarter to gain enough funding to update Thunderbird extensions for Thunderbird 78.0 compatibility. The campaign was successful as the developer managed to collect more than $51,000 U.S. Dollars.
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