LinuxPlanet: Emacs' GNU Look: A Sneak Preview of Emacs 21.0Dec 18, 2000, 16:25 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)
"Once they do invest the time, Emacs becomes a place from which some will never return. Built in to this "text editor" is a news reader, a few mail clients, a calendar, appointment book, Tetris, an FTP client, a Telnet client, a web browser, and more. You can climb into an Emacs session and, depending on your temperment and willingness to embrace Lisp, never have to leave. Some find this profoundly disturbing, others comforting."
"GNUS has earned a following not only as a good newsreader, but as a mail client and a back-end to several other 'net-based resources. A few new things have popped up. It now, for instance, has integrated MIME support. Combined with another new feature (the ability to display graphics in your Emacs window), it's possible for GNUS to show inline MIME attachments (pictures), and Emacs also has sound support now, making it possible to play .wav files from within Emacs."
"This new MIME functionality frees GNUS and Emacs in general from relying on external helper programs to display graphics. According to the documentation, Emacs supports PNG, XPM, TIF, JPEG, and a few other graphics formats, all of which are compile-time options."
"GNUS also has better multi-lingual support. If you receive a message written with Japanese characters, it prints Japanese characters."
"Finally, GNUS also now supports IMAP and some interesting new backends, such as Slashdot (which allows you to browse the site as if it's an NNTP feed) and support for some popular web-based mail services (such as HotMail and Yahoo!)."