For Zimbra users, here is a brief explanation for why sync of birthday field between Thunderbird 3 and Zimbra was added in 0.8.15 and why it will likely be removed in 0.8.16.
One of Thunderbird 3’s most popular new features was a birthday field. When Thunderbird 3 was released, the addon synced it’s birthday field with the birthday field in Zimbra 5.x.
However in Zimbra 6.x, the format of the birthday field changed from yyyy-mm-dd to free format text. A Zimbra 6.x birthday field can contain: “17/4/1984″, “4/17/1984 or “hello world!”.
The loss of structure in Zimbra’s birthday field means that the addon can’t reliably sync it. Sorry!
Feel free to comment either here or on the zimbra forum thread.
Zimbra version 6.07 will return to yyyy-mm-dd, so the addon will retain sync of birthday field.
The Zimbra bugfix does not migrate birthday values entered as nn/nn/yyyy , so any Zimbra users who entered birthdays in Zimbra versions 6.0-6.06 will have to change those values to yyyy-mm-dd by hand.
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