For those people that wish to do more then just chat with Ice Chat, there are numerous different ways to customize the look and feel of Ice Chat.
It starts with simply changing a theme, to writing your own custom commands (aliases) and making your own custom popups, using the Ice Chat Editor. Ice Chat has some unique features that set it apart from other similar programs. But for those select few that do not, this feature can be disabled.
The Favorite Server Tree is truly fantastic, and because Ice Chat is built around its multi-server capabilities, it is an essential part of Ice Chat that makes it that much easier to use.
The built-in VBS (Visual Basic Scripting) script engine in Ice Chat 7 is powerful and can be made to do just about anything, and even allowing users to create their own active X dll's for advanced scripting solutions. Few more bug fixes, one main one with url's not showing properly at times. There was a major bug found with the new reconnect timer option found.
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Ice Chat 9 is open sourced, written in C#, and available at Github, while Ice Chat 7 is not. The main Ice Chat Support channel is located on Quakenet (irc.quakenet.org) in the #icechat channel.
The Ice Chat 9 Support/Developer channel is located on Freenode in the #icechat channel. The project has been worked on for the past year, and was launched today, trying to make an acceptable remake of the popular Search IRC website, which has been taken offline. The main issue fixed is proper Windows 8 compatibility, with a couple other minor bug fixes. There have been a lot of updates, additions and fixes since RC8.3.