Thunderbird email client users who continued to use version 91 of the email program can now upgrade to Thunderbird 102 from within the client. Thunderbird 102, a new base version of Thunderbird, was released at the end of June 2022 to the public.
The new version of Thunderbird had many improvements, including improved message headers, new Spaces toolbar, redesigned address book, better import and export features, and more.
In-client upgrades to Thunderbird 102, i.e. internal updates, were not enabled at the time. Thunderbird users who wanted to upgrade to the new version had to manually download it from the project’s website and run the installer locally.
The process prevented many users from upgrading; some may have missed the release altogether, others preferred to stick with the older version of Thunderbird to give the new version some time to mature.
The team released several Thunderbird 102 updates in the meantime, which mostly fixed bugs and glitches in the email client. The latest update, Thunderbird 102.1.1, fixed a lot of issues.
The Thunderbird development team previously announced that they will enable updates in the client when they feel comfortable with bugs and issues. The time seems to have come, as updates are now enabled for manual seekers.
The announcement was published on the official Thunderbird Twitter account.
It’s time to upgrade to Thunderbird 102! Windows + macOS users: We have enabled manual upgrades from v91 to v102. —
Go to ? > HELP > ABOUT THUNDERBIRD, then click the update button! (There may be an interim update to 91.12.0 before you can upgrade to 102)
Thunderbird users who wish to upgrade their copy of the email client to Thunderbird 102 should select Help > About Thunderbird to do so. An update to Thunderbird 91.12.0 may be offered first, depending on the version installed. If so, it is necessary to select the About Thunderbird menu item twice.
Automatic updates are not yet enabled, which means that Thunderbird 91 installations are not upgraded without user action at this point. It looks like automatic upgrades will be enabled in the near future. The team revealed that they are currently “collecting more data on a few bugs” before unlocking automatic updates.
Now you: Have you upgraded to Thunderbird 102 yet? What is your opinion on the new version?