Microsoft sent Mozilla a congratulatory cupcake on Tuesday for shipping Firefox 7.
The software giant continued its tradition of sending cakes to Mozilla by shipping an Internet Explorer 9 cupcake. Mozilla shipped Firefox 3 in 2008 and the Internet Explorer team sent a cake, Microsoft also sent a cake to Mozilla in March after they shipped Firefox 4. Microsoft then shipped a smaller cupcake to Mozilla in June after the company shipped Firefox 5. Microsoft’s tradition of cupcakes also saw the company ship Mozilla a small cupcake in August when Firefox 6 launched.
Internet Explorer 9 was released to the web on Monday March 14 and clocked up 27 downloads per second, over 250 downloads every 10 seconds. Microsoft claims it reached 2.3 million Internet Explorer 9 downloads in just 24 hours. Mozilla breezed past Microsoft’s download stats with Firefox 5 and 6 thanks to its support for Windows XP and other operating systems, it remains to be seen how well Firefox 7 will fare. Microsoft is currently working on Internet Explorer 10. The company unveiled a Platform Preview 3 version of Internet Explorer 10 as part of the company’s Windows 8 Developer Preview build. Microsoft’s Windows 8 browser improvements include a separate Metro style browser for use in the company’s new user interface. Internet Explorer 10 includes the following:
- Safety. Metro style IE also has the same industry-leading security, privacy, and reliability features as IE on the desktop. This includes SmartScreen, XSS filtering, and InPrivate browsing.
- HTML5. Metro style IE delivers the same commitment to a richer HTML5 web programming model as IE on the desktop. At BUILD, we introduce new support for CSS Text Shadow, CSS 3D Transforms, IndexedDB, Web Sockets, HTML5 File APIs, HTML5 History, hyphenation, CSS Transitions and Animations, and HTML5 Application Cache, in addition to the other new features previously shown in IE10 Platform Previews.
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