Here’s the story of a Mac web browser that is packed with features beyond Safari or Google’s Chrome, a browser that hardly anyone uses, yet it’s a browser familiar to many millions of the internet’s early adopter crowd, circa the 1990s.
Mozilla Is A Mommy
Venerable browser maker Mozilla seems to have fallen on hard times and it’s all Apple’s fault. And Google. And Microsoft. Mozilla is the maker of Firefox, once the second most popular web browser on Mac or Windows PCs, but one which hasn’t made a good transition to mobile devices.
Google launched the Chrome browser a few years ago, and the mobile device revolution began. Firefox quickly became the odd browser out, and doesn’t even have an iOS version.
True, it’s loaded with features and add ons, but users on most platforms have flocked to Chrome. Overlooked among the browser wars is the little known and little used SeaMonkey. A quick check of Mac360’s browser logs indicates that less than one tenth of 1-percent of our readers use SeaMonkey.
I can’t speak for Mozilla’s business model, but I doubt that much effort goes into SeaMonkey these days. It’s based upon Firefox so it looks and works much like Firefox, but with a few functions from the last century bolted on.
SeaMonkey is more like Netscape Navigator or Communicator than Firefox, Chrome, or Safari. For example, SeaMonkey does email. Among major and minor browsers, only Opera has email built in. You’ll find multiple visual themes, RSS feed detection, tabbed browsing and synchronization between devices.
There’s tabbed email, too, complete with junk mail controls, multiple email accounts, and RSS feeds. There’s also a built-in HTML editor which does tables and CSS. Did I mention newsgroups? Yes, that relic from the 1990s still takes up space within SeaMonkey.
There’s much to like with SeaMonkey as it renders pages quickly and accurately, but it’s not Firefox with email. It’s a relic from the 1990s and the glory days of Netscape Communicator which bundled similar functionality into what became a failed browser.
SeaMonkey might be described as a browser with super powers because of all the bolted on features that are seldom used these days. It’s Kryptonite is progress and apathy.