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Hey JeanDavid,,,

"I agree with most of your post, but not this. Vendors continually change their operating systems and the application programming interface to it. If the vendor (if that is the proper term for Thunderbird) does not continually modify its program to keep up with the ever-changing OS interfaces, they will die."

OK I see what you are saying,,, however, who cares if the vendor dies, because you still have a functioning program, that is not going to change, it will continue to function and work just like when you downloaded it, many years ago. And if there is a security problem , Mozilla says they will fix it, and if you find a flaw in it , they say they will fix that too.

However, if you switch to Windows/V-99, or Linux/V-Who-Knows that no longer supports 86/Code or whatever code, well, then you are sh*t out of luck.

An example, how many people do run with various version 3, of a program that today is up to release 17.2?? Happens all the time and no one cares, after-all it's still working fine for them!!!

And, in this case Mozilla is not going broke or disappearing anywhere, Mozilla is an Open-Source/Non-Profit organization, and they will continue to do their development work, with multitude of their products, including Firefox, and Thunderbird for Tablets and Smart-Phones!!!

I have some utilities and programs that are at least 10-15 years old and they still function fine with Win/7, NO updates coming and non required!!! It all just depends how, and what, they were written to begin with!!!

OK, well just my 2 cents,,,

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