"Microsoft and Mozilla traded barbs this week in a dispute over
what constitutes a "modern" Web browser. The competitive friction
is starting to heat up because the Redmond software giant and
Silicon Valley nonprofit are preparing to release the next major
versions of their respective Web browsers.
"Mozilla's Firefox 4 is expected to arrive this month and
Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 is in the release candidate stage.
Both browsers are set to introduce a significant number of new
features for end users and Web developers, including extensive
support for critical next-generation Web standards.
"The release of Internet Explorer 9 is particularly noteworthy,
because it will mark the first time in recent history that
Microsoft has delivered a browser that doesn't lag far behind on
standards compliance. Despite the great strides that Microsoft has
made with IE9, Mozilla contends that Microsoft still has a long way
to go before it can truly characterize IE as a "modern"
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