Summary of Mozilla products
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The Mozilla Suite is the result of many years of hard work. It is designed from the ground up to be robust, standards-compliant and flexible. It has a Web browser (usually just called "Mozilla"), an e-mail and newsgroup reader (Messenger), an HTML authoring tool (Composer), a contact manager (Address Book), and an IRC chat client (Chatzilla). The Mozilla Suite is the basis of Netscape 6 and 7.
On March 10, 2005, the Mozilla Foundation announced that they would not release any further official versions of the Suite beyond 1.7.x, since they are now focused on the standalone applications Firefox and Thunderbird . Further releases of the Suite, now called SeaMonkey, will be produced by a group of volunteers, not Mozilla Foundation.
Firefox is the Mozilla Foundation's standalone Web browser loosely based on Mozilla Suite's browser component. Firefox is designed to be more flexible and not bound to other applications. Firefox is designed with a different mindset—one to refine the Mozilla user interface and be more user-oriented. It has replaced Mozilla as the flagship browser with the release of Firefox 1.0
Thunderbird is a new standalone e-mail and newsgroup (NNTP) application, based on the mail portion of the Mozilla Suite. Thunderbird is also designed to be a more flexible client, not bound to a single specific Web browser. It is expected to become the flagship e-mail client from the Mozilla Foundation when it reaches 1.0.
Camino is a web browser optimized for MacOS X with a Cocoa user interface using Mozilla's underlying technologies. It has many of the features expected in the Mozilla family of browsers, but is designed to make a MacOS X user feel comfortable.
Mozilla Sunbird is a the standalone Calendar application based on the popular Calendar extension for Firefox, Thunderbird and the Mozilla Suite. Sunbird is designed to be a more flexible client, not bound to a single specific application. Sunbird is still in the early stages of development and only experimental builds have been released to the public so far.
To see which browser you should use, visit the Product Comparison Matrix.