The “mIRC Unicode project” was successful it seems and Khaled Mardam-Bey just released version 7.1 of his famous IRC client.
The project to convert mIRC to Unicode has taken almost two years of development and testing and has required tens of thousands of changes to 150,000+ lines of source code. This has been the most complex and time-consuming update to mIRC since it was created in 1995, when it started out as a non-Unicode, 16-bit, Windows 3.1 application.
When looking at the changelog, there have been made well over 180 bugfixes and feature enhancements since mIRC 6.35 so it comes as no surprise that according to Khaled “many areas of mIRC have had to be updated or re-written” but should result in it “being faster, more stable, and more compatible with the latest versions of Windows”.
Aside from being converted to Unicode, the client gained a few new features too:
mIRC now supports configuration via UPnP which automatically opens ports for DCC on compatible routers and you may put it into full distraction fullscreen mode with the F11 key, starting from Beta 6.
Thanks for the tip go to wayne!