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Thunderbird slated to compete with Microsoft Outlook

Ryan over at CyberNet wrote a new piece over the weekend, where he questioned the possibility of Thunderbird to compete against Microsoft's Outlook.

Ryan over at CyberNet wrote a new piece over the weekend, where he questioned the possibility of Thunderbird to compete against Microsoft's Outlook.

The saga revolves around a presentation titled "OpenOffice.org 3.0 and Beyond" that was given on September 19 at the OpenOffice 2007 Conference. The presentation walked through some notable features that are expected to be released in OpenOffice 3.0 in September of 2008.

Excerpt from "OpenOffice 3.0 wants to compete with Outlook":

The presentation was actually pretty interesting to flip through, but the one thing that really caught my attention was their reference to including a Personal Information Manager (PIM). More specifically, the presentation mentions bundling Thunderbird with their Office Suite and refers to it as an "Outlook replacement."

... They plan on including the Lightning add-on for Thunderbird so that in addition to email support, users will also be able to manage their schedule and appointments.

Assuming that the resignation of Mozilla's two core developers last week does not cause the OpenOffice team to re-evaluate their decision to include Thunderbird in the suite, do you share the confidence of the OpenOffice team?

Can Thunderbird possibly replace Microsoft Outlook?

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