Whenever Mozilla releases a new version of Firefox, Microsoft’s Internet
Explorer team sends a cake.
The last time that happened was just this past March, when Mozilla released
Firefox 4. This week, though, came Firefox 5 – the first new release under
Mozilla’s quicker release schedule.
There’s not much new in 5.0. So Microsoft sent … a cupcake.
Mozilla wouldn’t admit it, but the company largely is responding to pressure
from Google, whose Chrome browser is already on Version 12. It’s all about
perception – to the everyday consumer, Version 12 sounds more advanced then
Version 4. Internet Explorer is on Version 9. So Mozilla’s trying to catch up,
if only by the numbers.
Mozilla says Firefox 5 has “more than 1,000 improvements and performance
enhancements” over Firefox 4. But it’s not an update that would traditionally
merit such a jump in numbering.