Vibrant competition is your friend -- see the full article for more details about the latest Firefox, Safari, and Opera releases.
It took Microsoft five years to deliver IE 7; it won't repeat that mistake. Development of IE 8 is well underway, and a beta version offers some appealing new gimmicks. I like the WebSlice feature, which lets users view selected portions of a Web page in a small window. Use it to view news headlines or track an auction on eBay without opening a new Web page. It's a handy little gadget, and a reminder that Microsoft engineers can be pretty creative when they have to be. And thanks to a welcome surge of browser competition, they have to be.