Mozilla Releases Thunderbird 5.0

June 28, 2011

The Mozilla organization has released a new major version, 5.0, of its Thunderbird E-mail client, available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.  This version incorporates a number of new or improved features, including:

  • More responsive and faster to start up and use
  • Thunderbird is based on the new Mozilla Gecko 5 engine
  • New Add-ons Manager
  • Revised account creation wizard to improve email setup
  • New Troubleshooting Information page
  • Tabs can now be reordered and dragged to different windows

There are also numerous bug fixes, plus security and stability improvements.  More details are available in the Release Notes.

You can get the new version via the built-in update mechanism, or you can get versions for all platforms in many languages from the download page.

Google Updates Chrome to 12.0.742.112

June 28, 2011

Google today released a new stable version of its Chrome browser, version 12·0·742·112, for all platforms (Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, and Chrome Frame).  This release fixes seven security vulnerabilities, six of which are rated High severity.  Its embedded Flash player has also been updated to version; this Flash update does not appear to be security-related.  Further details are in the release announcement on the Chrome Releases blog.

Windows users  should  get the new version via the built-in automatic update mechanism; you can verify that your system has been updated by clicking on the tools menu (the little wrench), and then on “About Google Chrome”.  Linux users can get the updated package using their distros’ usual update tools.

Because of its security content, I recommend getting the new version as soon as you conveniently can.

Adobe Releases New Flash Player

June 28, 2011

Adobe has released a new version,, of its Flash Player for all platforms (Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, and Solaris).  This does not seem to be a security update; according to the Release Notes,

Adobe Flash Player addresses compatibility issues with some content using cross-domain policy files.

Windows and Mac users should be able to obtain the updated version via the built-in update mechanism; alternatively, versions for all platforms  can be downloaded here.


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