Mozilla Messaging, the new mail focused subsidiary of the non-profit Mozilla Foundation, announced Monday that it has begun operations.

Mozilla Messaging will initially work towards developing Thunderbird 3, which Mozilla says will “deliver significant improvements, notably integrated calendaring, better search and enhancements to the overall user experience.”

Like the free, open source web browser Firefox, Thunderbird is an open source email application built on the same concept.

“We’re excited to renew the focus of our open source community on the future of Thunderbird,” said David Ascher, CEO of Mozilla Messaging. “Every one of us is committed to building a great email product that people will love to use and that serves as the foundation for choice in a critical area of Internet software.”

Mozilla Messaging is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Mozilla Foundation and will be staffed by a small development team from around the world. On its board of directors are CEO David Ascher, Christopher Beard, vice president and general manager of Mozilla Labs and Marten Mickos, CEO of open source database vendor MySQL AB.

“Thunderbird email is a vital part of the Mozilla project which brings freedom to hundreds of millions of internet users worldwide,” said Marten Mickos, CEO of MySQL AB. “By joining the board of Mozilla Messaging, I hope to help the world communicate better.”

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