Emacs 24.4 Has Built-In Web Browser, Improved Multi-Monitor Support
Written by Michael Larabel in GNU on 20 October 2014 at 05:39 PM EDT. 21 Comments
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A new release of Emacs is out today and it's quite a big update with new functionality for this popular and extensible text editor.

First up, Emacs 24.4 now ships with a built-in web browser: M-x eww. The M-x eww command allows for specifying a URL or domain name otherwise the input is treated as a search query with the default search engine being DuckDuckGo. EWW has previously been available separately for Emacs as the "Emacs Web Wowser" (EWW).

Improved multi-monitor and full-screen support are also significant changes to this release.

Other Emacs 24.4 changes include Electric indentation being enabled by default, support for saving/restoring the state of frames/windows, Emacs Lisp improvements, file notification support, pixel-based resizing for frames/windows, support for menus in text terminals, and a new rectangular mark mode.

Find out more about Emacs 24.4 via today's release announcement.
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