Thunderbird is one of the best email and texting apps I have ever used.
But the app has had a long and troubled history.
When it first launched in 2010, Thunderbird was one of only a handful of email and text apps that let you use a smartphone as a laptop.
But as more apps came on the market, Thunderbirds lack of functionality and a reliance on a single, central platform led to it becoming increasingly unpopular.
In 2014, the company acquired e-mail company SendGrid for $1 billion.
But in 2017, SendGrid made the decision to merge with Google.
The merger created a new company called Thunderbird.
Its name was a reference to the “Thunderbird” in the book “The Secret Life of Bees.”
Its current CEO, Paul Thompson, has been on the job since 2013.
Thunderbird has since become a messaging app for both businesses and consumers.
It’s now the No. 1 messaging app in the US.
And its latest release, Thundermail, is an email client for iPhone and Android that is the first to include Apple’s iMessage.
To understand Thunderbird’s history, it’s worth examining some key events.
Before it merged with Google in 2017 Thunderbird: Created the Thunderbird email client that’s now popular with businesses and companies across the US and around the world.
Launched Thunderbird on iOS in 2011.
Spent years building the Thundermail email client and then moved to Android.
Introduced Thunderbird as an iPhone app.
Created Thunderbird for Android in 2012.
Moved to a mobile web browser.
Released Thunderbird to the Apple App Store in 2017.
Sent a press release touting Thunderbird 2.0.
Developed Thunderbird and the Thunder Mail app for the iPhone and iPad.
After the merger, Thunder Mail became Thunderbird Thundermail.
Now, ThunderMail and Thunderbird are both on iOS.
Thunderbird now is a mobile email app, while Thunderbird continues to be available as an Android app.