"Spring is the season when beta versions of long-established Web
browsers make their first tentative flights out of the developers'
nests, before the full-fledged versions emerge sometime later in
the year. We looked at test versions of three browsers that are on
their way to becoming significant: Firefox 3, Internet Explorer 8,
and Opera 9.50. The other browser in the news is Apple's Safari
3.1, recently released in a new Windows version, which we also
"All three beta browsers seem to be singing variations on the
same two tunes: first, closer adherence to open Web standards used
everywhere on the Web, and, second, unique features that you can't
get from any other browser..."