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Birthdays in Lightning does not appear in Calendar

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After the last two major updates to Thunderbird, birthdays entered in the Addressbook's Private tab for a Personal Address Book contact does not show up in the Calendar tab of Thunderbird or in the today mini calendar.

I am running Thunderbird 68.2.0 (64-bit) US English on a Windows 10 (64-bit) computer. I have been running Thunderbird since its initial release.

What I am complaining about is not an exotic feature, but a basic function in a calendar/address book app. Previously, there were add-ons that can accomplish a lot of missing features, but the change in Thunderbird structure alienated a lot of contributors and now we cannot look to add-ons to fill in the gaps in the Thunderbird features.

After the last two major updates to Thunderbird, birthdays entered in the Addressbook's Private tab for a Personal Address Book contact does not show up in the Calendar tab of Thunderbird or in the today mini calendar. I am running Thunderbird 68.2.0 (64-bit) US English on a Windows 10 (64-bit) computer. I have been running Thunderbird since its initial release. What I am complaining about is not an exotic feature, but a basic function in a calendar/address book app. Previously, there were add-ons that can accomplish a lot of missing features, but the change in Thunderbird structure alienated a lot of contributors and now we cannot look to add-ons to fill in the gaps in the Thunderbird features.
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Matt
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My understanding is the add-on that did that has not been updated past Thunderbird 60

My understanding is the add-on that did that has not been updated past Thunderbird 60
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I cannot believe that the developers ignored such a basic feature in an integrated calendar application.

Looks like Outlook is not that bad after all. And I avoided it for stability issues and other shortcomings.

I cannot believe that the developers ignored such a basic feature in an integrated calendar application. Looks like Outlook is not that bad after all. And I avoided it for stability issues and other shortcomings.
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emvee1 said

Looks like Outlook is not that bad after all. And I avoided it for stability issues and other shortcomings.

As you like. The outrage of add-on authors is perhaps understandable, but they have had more than a years notice of each change. There is nothing the Thunderbird developers could do but eventually concede defeat in trying to maintain legacy add-ons support. Justto much had changed in the underlying Mozilla platform and the change is not over yet.

As for Birthday reminders in a calendar, I have no use for it at all, so I will not miss it. Facebook does all I need in that regard.

But I also use Google calendar and it also has a birthdays feature that works as my contacts are synchronized to google and hence my phone.

''emvee1 [[#answer-1260608|said]]'' <blockquote> Looks like Outlook is not that bad after all. And I avoided it for stability issues and other shortcomings. </blockquote> As you like. The outrage of add-on authors is perhaps understandable, but they have had more than a years notice of each change. There is nothing the Thunderbird developers could do but eventually concede defeat in trying to maintain legacy add-ons support. Justto much had changed in the underlying Mozilla platform and the change is not over yet. As for Birthday reminders in a calendar, I have no use for it at all, so I will not miss it. Facebook does all I need in that regard. But I also use Google calendar and it also has a birthdays feature that works as my contacts are synchronized to google and hence my phone.
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sfhowes
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There is a version of ThunderBirthDay that apparently works in TB 68: https://addons.thunderbird.net/en-US/thunderbird/addon/thunderbirthday/reviews/1158947/ https://github.com/ingomueller-net/ThunderBirthDay/pull/11#issuecomment-529615343
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Thank you sfhowes. I installed the ThunderBirthDay version you mentioned and it works in version 68.2.0 (64-bit). A bit early, but it appears to work as well as in the older versions.

Thank you sfhowes. I installed the ThunderBirthDay version you mentioned and it works in version 68.2.0 (64-bit). A bit early, but it appears to work as well as in the older versions.
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