Auto-detection of email setup coming to Thunderbird
Setting up email accounts has always been a hassle in all email programs. But Thunderbird is adding the ability to auto detect the email configuration.
It works by the user entering his/hers email address. Then Thunderbird automatically tries to figure mail server name, type (IMAP or POP3) and connection type (TLS, SSL, plain).
The feature is slowly getting reviewed and will then get checked into the Thunderbird codebase.
You can read much more about the feature in the bug report.
The patch will likely also include the ability for ISPs and others to provide a XML file to specify how to setup an account using their service.