The newly-formed company will have David Ascher as CEO, who left ActiveState back in September last year to join the Mozilla crew. Also sitting at the top management table are Chris Beard, VP and General Manager of Mozilla Labs and Marten Mickos, CEO of MySQL.

"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," said David Ascher, Mozilla Messaging CEO.

The official announcement was rather brief. Mozilla Messaging is to focus on development of Thunderbird, a client which is to remain in the open source camp. However, Mozilla chose not to disclose the exact size of the new company, to which it also refers to as "small product development team".