Microsoft hits back at Mozilla claim that IE9 is not a modern browser

Just a few days back an evangelist at Mozilla had stated that Internet Explorer 9, although a step in the right direction, could not be considered as a modern browser.

Microsoft has responded to this with a blog post at MSDN, and  listed some salient features which it believe users and developers expect from a “modern browser”. According to Microsoft:

  • Modern browsers are fast. They take full advantage of the underlying platform to render graphics with the GPU, compile and execute JavaScript across multiple CPU cores and ensure that web applications run as close as possible to the same speed as native applications.
  • Modern browsers enable rich, immersive experiences that could hitherto only be delivered through a plug-in or native application. They can blend video, vector and raster graphics, audio and text seamlessly without sacrificing performance.
  • Modern browsers implement features when they are ready, providing predictable patterns that developers can rely on rather than suddenly breaking or removing specifications. They don’t check off support based on a half-completed implementation written to pass a synthetic test, but validate against a test suite that confirms interoperability.
  • Modern browsers do adopt standards at an early stage of readiness so developers can experiment and validate the specification, but clearly delineate unstable prototypes as such.

Says  Time Sneath on MSDNTo our friends at Mozilla, we admire your passion for the open web, and we look forward to continued competition.

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  1. TheBigOldDog

    The whole “modern browser” argument doesn’t really interest me much. I doubt most users care much. IE’s big weakness imho, is the lack of add-ons which make the browsing experience better.

  2. JCF

    I agree with TheNigOldDog, modern browsers need to have some flexibility in this matter, Addons, see Chrome for example, how it gained users quickly.

  3. Vis

    Hey The comments above is a matter of concern but limiting Third-Party addons support makes the browser more secured! Addons can be a loop hole to hackers!
    Note:Only after completing the final version of IE9 microsoft will think about addons. Because using 3rd party addons in a browser which is under development may harm the computer/browser like crashing/freezing. U small guys think before u write!

  4. gmonly


    some add-ons are good, like pop up blockers. IE does not have a good one, making IE open for viruses and such. without ad-ons like that, i would never use IE.

    to make it short, ad-ons are good if chosen right. as for “crashing/freezing”, that is from what was installed from apps, not just ad-ons.

  5. mayank

    IE comes with its own Smart Screen Protection and Download Reputation scan. IE is as much open to viruses as Chrome or Firefox. And yea, the user also matters, good browser in the hands of a foolish user does not give good results.

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