The Acid2 challenge to Microsoft

Opera Software CTO Hakon Wium Lie throws down the gauntlet--but will Microsoft pick it up?

Last month, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates made two announcements that are important for the future of the Web.

First, he embraced interoperability between software from Microsoft and that from other vendors. Then he announced that a new version of Microsoft's Web browser--Internet Explorer 7--is coming.

Does this mean IE 7 will be interoperable with other browsers? Does it mean IE 7 will take Web standards seriously?

Don't get your hopes up. Microsoft has a long history of promising interoperability, while failing to deliver. In an e-mail to Gates (reprinted in the
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