The New Features and Enhancements in SeaMonkey 2.0

Article by George Norman (Cybersecurity Editor)

on 03 Nov 2009

The SeaMonkey Project has recently announced that SeaMonkey 2.0 has finally been released to the web. The final version of SeaMonkey 2.0 (free, open source and cross platform internet suite that incorporates a web browser, an email client, a news client, an IRC client and an HTML editor) is now available for download.

“The SeaMonkey project at Mozilla is excited to release its completely refurbished next generation of the all-in one Internet suite. SeaMonkey 2.0 melds the ideas behind Netscape Communicator with the modern platform of Firefox 3.5 to create one of the most compelling open source products for advanced Internet users,” announced SeaMonkey Project Coordinator, Robert Kaiser.

Here are the new features you can expect to get from SeaMonkey 2.0:

- New Add-on Manager that lets the user install, update, disable and remove add-ons, themes and plugins just like a regular Firefox user.
- Feed support and a built-in RSS and Atom feed reader.
- The UI (user interface) has been updated.
- If SeaMonkey crashes or restarts, browser tabs and windows will be restored. If the user accidentally closes a tab or a window, it can be restored.
- Fully customizable browser toolbars, main MailNews and message compose windows.
- Tabbed mail: lets the user open accounts, folders and single messages in tabs inside the Mail & Newsgroups window.
- The software will update itself automatically.
- The location bar features smart history search.
- Better JavaScript engine performance.
- HTML 5 features such as downloadable fonts and video.
- Added support for the Lighting calendar add-on.
- Improved version of Password Manager.
- Completely reworked Download Manager.
- New Form Manager.
- Improved cookie Manager.

“SeaMonkey uses the same internal platform as Firefox 3.5.4 now. Due to this change SeaMonkey is now much closer to Firefox as far as user profiles, add-ons and functionality of user interface elements are concerned,” eplained the SeaMonkey Project.

If you would like to get SeaMonkey 2.0, a download location is available here. Release notes here.
Please note that the SeaMonkey Project has dropped support for the following operating systems: Windows 95, 98, Me, NT 4; Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar and 10.3 Panther.

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