Back in the late 1990s, in the early days of the modern internet, and before Microsoft destroyed Netscape, there was a popular browser called Netscape Communicator. The promise of communicator was a single app that could do most of what Mac and Windows PC users needed to do. Web browsing, email, news groups, editing, address book, even calendar and conferencing.
This all-in-one application approach fell out of favor through the years though the flame never died. Netscape’s vision found new life in the Mozilla Foundation which brought the popular Firefox browser to the world. Among Mozilla’s many projects is SeaMonkey, which brings to the 21st century browser use, the all-in-one approach pioneered by Netscape Communicator.
What’s inside SeaMonkey, and why is it worth using as a modern browser? SeaMonkey is Firefox inside, so you get access to Firefox technology, speed, page rendering prowess, and add ons.
SeaMonkey contains the browser, email accounts, a news group app (and feed reader), an HTML code editor, Internet Relay Chat, and other tools.
Visually, SeaMonkey looks and feels much like Firefox, but with more functions.
The email component in SeaMonkey is much like what you’d expect in Yahoo! Mail, HotMail, or Gmail. It’s bare bones but handles multiple accounts with ease.
Of all the components, the most disappointing is the Address Book, as it’s not as robust as built-in options in both Mac and Windows, and doesn’t sync up with either.
Still, if you’re on a budget and just want basic functionality within a single app, you can’t beat SeaMonkey or the price. There’s nothing else quite like it.