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Mozilla slams Microsoft’s IE9

by Sarah Griffiths on 16 February 2011, 11:00

Tags: Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Mozilla

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Web browser rivals Mozilla and Microsoft appear to be locked in a war of words and Mozilla has hit out at Microsoft's Internet Explorer, telling everyone that the software giant's latest release, IE9 is not ‘a modern browser'. Ouch.

Last week Microsoft apparently suggested in a blog post that IE9 provides better HTML5 support than its rivals' offerings, which annoyed Mozilla, whose techie evangelist, Paul Rouget yesterday hit back at Microsoft's claims in his own online rant.

He asked:"Is IE9 a modern browser? NO".

"IE9 is definitely better than IE8 and a step in the right direction, but I don't believe it to be a truly modern browser...IE9: More modern, but not really modern," he added.

Rouget wrote: "Microsoft is bragging a lot about HTML5. They are also suggesting that their HTML5 support is exceptionally good compared to other vendors," and then set about detailing why, with complex graphics and references to standards tests including caniuse.com and html5tests.com to back up his claim.

He went on to list a whole bunch of standards that Microsoft's IE9 does not support, including: HTML5 forms, JavaScript Script Mode and Web Workers, to name a few.

According to The Register, Microsoft resisted the urge to swipe back and responded to Rouget's claims by saying the IE's approach to HTML5 is designed to fit with real-world practices.

"We spent much time researching and looking at what developers are building today and what they want to build tomorrow to define what we build in Internet Explorer 9 today," it reportedly said.

"We used that research to inform our view of HTML5 and the pieces that matter most to designers and developers in building these next set of experiences on the Web. In terms of HTML5 defined, it remains a combination of what developers will want to do and the definitions set forth by the W3C as the ultimate authority in defining standards for the Web," Microsoft apparently added.



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Oh dear, once again Mozilla lash out as they are beaten to the post once again, if they spent as much time actually working on FF4 final instead of bitching and moaning about how other companies are doing a better job than they are then we might actually see a working browser instead of beta after beta and a browser still with the bloat that plagues version 3.x
I think i agree Grey :D, IE9 really is much better than FF its quite dissapointing!
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I think i agree Grey :D, IE9 really is much better than FF its quite dissapointing!

The other issue I have with FF 4 is how they are shouting from the roof tops that they have this and that. It's essentially Chrome with a different UI and more bloat :/ I know Google fund the majority of Mozilla but that doesn't mean they have to copy it near enough, even down to the “new synch” features xD
I hadnt really noticed, i like FF but its just way to slow and unreliable, for me it constantly crashes and just lags out lol. I didnt really like chrome with the idea they just capture every bit of data, IE seems a bit better in looks and works just as good as chrome :).
“We spent much time researching and looking at what developers are building today and what they want to build tomorrow to define what we build in Internet Explorer 9 today,” it reportedly said.

“We used that research to inform our view of HTML5 and the pieces that matter most to designers and developers in building these next set of experiences on the Web. In terms of HTML5 defined, it remains a combination of what developers will want to do and the definitions set forth by the W3C as the ultimate authority in defining standards for the Web,” Microsoft apparently added.

That, to me, translates as:-
“As always, we here at M$ know exactly what we want you to be doing with the intarwebs so we're only allowing you to do precisely that !”
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