Instantbird 1.3 became available on November, 15, and it comes with new
features (you can see them
clicking here). The
Instantbird team is interested in offering this IM client to everyone,
so there’s a new language in this release: Brazilian
Portuguese - Sim, nós falamos Português!. Now Brazilians users can
enjoy Instantbird in their language.
Additionally, Instantbird brought back the Russian language in
this release. This language was in Instantbird since version 0.2, but it
was not present in version 1.2. Thanks go out to
our Russian localization team for making this possible!
Since the 0.2 release, Instantbird has been available in 5 languages
- English, Finnish, French, Polish and Russian. The 1.0 release
brought six more languages and now Instantbird is available in 13 languages!
The Instantbird team has a goal: “to
redefine the way instant messaging is used, to work the way you
want.” To reach this goal, it’s necessary that Instantbird can be used
by as many people as possible, in every country. So
we encourage interested people to translate it to their languages. If
you’re interested in helping us achieve this goal by creating
new translations or improving Instantbird, you can get more
Sorry that we have been so awful at updating our blog again, but we have
been busy working on getting Instantbird 1.2 ready for release! We’re
hoping to get this release out the door in the next few weeks (there’s a
few final blockers we’re attempting to fix)!
A few weeks ago (in the beginning of July), Instantbird was string
frozen for 1.2. This means that no new patches will be accepted (for
1.2) which change any strings, this gives our localization (l10n) teams
time to translate Instantbird 1.2 into different languages.
Instantbird 1.1 was
released in 13
languages: Czech, German, English, Spanish, Estonian, French, Italian,
Dutch, Polish, Russian, Slovak, Swedish and Ukrainian! Hopefully we can
release Instantbird 1.2 in even more languages! Unfortunately not all
of these languages have been updated yet, so if you’re interested in
translating Instantbird to your language, check out the translation
and get in contact with
Additionally, our Google Summer of Code student, Will
Nayes, has been
doing excellent work and already has importers working for Colloquy,
Google Talk, mIRC, Pidgin, Windows Live Messenger and XChat! He’s
currently working on importing logs from each of these clients so you
can smoothly transition from other clients to Instantbird without any
data loss. We hope Will is enjoying working on Instantbird as he’s
doing a great job!