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    (CNNMoney.com) -- Move over, smartphones: The hottest tech battle right now isn't being fought out in the mobile market, but on old-fashioned PCs.

    The browser wars are back.

    Once the biggest killer app of them all -- who could forget the Microsoft-vs.-Netscape battle royale? -- the browser is now nearly a commodity. Major innovations like tabbed browsing and smart bookmarks happened almost a decade ago. Most improvements in recent years have focused on security and speed, but load times are now so fast that the enhancements aren't that exciting.

    But in the past few months, updates to the most-used browsers -- including Microsoft (MSFT, Fortune 500) Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google (GOOG, Fortune 500) Chrome and Apple (AAPL, Fortune 500) Safari -- have their developers once again fighting to out-innovate each other.

    That's because a breakthrough Web standard called HTML5 is emerging, and browser makers are practically falling over one another to produce the software that incorporates the most HTML5 support features.

    About 90% of Web content is written in HTML code today, according to research firm IDC, and the latest enhancements promise richer, easer-to-use and better looking Web applications.

    Though still a work in progress, HTML5 will let developers create in the browser experiences that currently require stand-alone apps or plug-in extensions like Adobe Flash or Microsoft's Silverlight. It supports lightning-fast video, geolocation services and the ability to drag-and-drop items to and from the desktop. It can also be used to build in-browser applications that work offline.

    To show what's possible with HTML5, Google recently released "The Wilderness Downtown," a music video using pop-up windows, interactive animations and a Google Maps integration. It works best with Google Chrome, but most users with up-to-date browsers can run at least parts of the site.

    Starting Wednesday, that will include early adopters using the Web's most dominant browser. Microsoft is scheduled to publicly release a beta version of Internet Explorer 9 -- its first complete embrace of HTML5, and the company's biggest leap forward in browser technology in years.

    IE's market share has slipped about 15 percentage points over the past two years, falling to 60%, according to Net Applications. In that same time, the number-two browser, Firefox, has expanded its turf, while Safari's share has nearly doubled and Chrome's market penetration has shot up nearly seven-fold.

    But analysts say the newest Internet Explorer browser has a shot at reversing that trend.
    "Internet Explorer has been caught in a time warp, but IE9 brings it up to date," said Al Hilwa, analyst at IDC. "The tide in the browser world could quickly shift back to Microsoft."
    Full Article: http://money.cnn.com/2010/09/15/tech...wars/index.htm

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    opera is always an unsung hero - the new firefox and IE copy it like mad

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    That they do.

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    Opera is heads above in terms of features, but a few niggles **** me off about it. FF has the best extensions though. Chrome.......Big Brother is watching you. Safari.......stay at home with Mac fanboys. And IE.......just shoot me.

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    ugh, i get so tired of trying to keep up with the new coding. Seems like every month there's a new release of some web format whether it be asp, java, or html. Looks like all that time and effort i put into flash coding websites is about to go out the window.

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