Mozilla releases SeaMonkey 2.0

Mozilla's e-mail and Web browser software combination has been refurbished with a modern version of Firefox along with other improvements.

Do you pine for the Netscape Communicator days with unified browser and e-mail software but want something more current? Mozilla on Tuesday released SeaMonkey 2.0, which combines Firefox and Thunderbird.

The new version, for Windows, Mac, and Linux, is rebuilt with Firefox 3.5.4 and is more closely aligned with the standalone browser. "SeaMonkey is now much closer to Firefox as far as user profiles, add-ons, and functionality of user interface elements are concerned," according to the release notes. Among other changes:

• Retrieving e-mail using the IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol) protocol is faster, and for new IMAP accounts, mail is synchronized by default with the local computer.

• The Mozilla Lightning calendar plug-in for Thunderbird can be used.

• E-mail accounts, folders, and messages can be viewed in tabs.

• The mail module lets you subscribe to RSS and Atom feeds that the browser discovers on Web pages.

• The browser is faster at running Web-based JavaScript programs and supports a variety of modern Firefox features coming with the HTML5 standard.

• Browser tabs can be reopened after being closed, and tabs are reloaded if the browser crashes.

• The user interface for handling add-ons, passwords, forms, cookies, and downloads have been overhauled.

• The Mac OS X theme fits in better with the look of Leopard and Snow Leopard, the previous and current versions of the Apple operating system.

• Several older operating systems are no longer supported: Windows 95, 98, Me, and NT 4 as well as Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar) and 10.3 (Panther).

The software is available as a download for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux in 18 languages.

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Stephen Shankland has been a reporter at CNET since 1998 and covers browsers, Web development, digital photography and new technology. In the past he has been CNET's beat reporter for Google, Yahoo, Linux, open-source software, servers and supercomputers. He has a soft spot in his heart for standards groups and I/O interfaces.

 

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