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Eudora email

I heard something on a radio program a few days ago about Eudora users would need to find another email because Eudora was going to stop supporting or something like that. Do you know anything about that?

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Why not take a minute to check at the source?
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Why not take a minute to check at the source?

I don't understand what that means. Will I be able to continue using Eudora, the free version?

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Yes, you will

From the previous link I offered you, you can read their press releases such as:

Future versions of Eudora will be free and open source, while retaining Eudora?s uniquely rich feature set and productivity enhancements. QUALCOMM and Mozilla will each participate in, and continue to foster development communities based around the open source Mozilla project, with a view to enhancing the capabilities and ease of use of both Eudora and Thunderbird.
?We?re pleased to welcome Eudora and its millions of users to the world of open source,? said Frank Hecker, executive director of the Mozilla Foundation. ?This effort should further enrich the Thunderbird technology platform and provide users of both products with an even richer email experience.?

More information about the open source version of Eudora and details for existing customers of the classic version of Eudora can be found at

The Penelope project's intention is to join the Eudora

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Not really

They've handed off development of the program to the Mozilla Foundation, and it will live on as part of Mozilla Thunderbird.

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Not really

So, I need to be finding another email. Right?

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Not necessarily

It's not like whatever version you have will suddenly stop working the instant support for it stops. Assuming it plays nicely with Vista, you should be able to continue using your current version for several years if you want.

It's just that Eudora as you know it will cease to exist from the next version on. What the Mozilla Foundation plans to do with the Eudora brand has yet to be seen. They may decide to retire it, cherry picking the best features of Eudora for inclusion into Mozilla Thunderbird, they may continue to develop the existing Eudora codebase for a time, they may offer a commercial version of Thunderbird under the brandname of Eudora, or something I haven't thought of.

There's no great rush, but it might not be a bad idea to start thinking about moving yourself over to an actively maintained email client. If a nasty security issue is found with the version you're currently using, there's no guarantee there will ever be a fix. Again, there's no rush. Take your time and look at your options.

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