IE team celebrates Mozilla's 15th birthday with improvised cake

Even though Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Mozilla's Firefox development teams technically compete with each other, each team occasionally takes time to celebrate the achievements the other team has made. Microsoft sometimes sends cake and cupcakes to Mozilla when a new version of Firefox is released, and the Firefox team sent Microsoft a cake to celebrate the launch of IE10 in October.

On Sunday, Mozilla celebrated a different achievement – the 15th anniversary of the formation of the company. Because the milestone happened on Easter Sunday, it took Microsoft a little longer to send Mozilla their 15th birthday cake. They posted an image of the cake on their Twitter page on Tuesday, admitting, "This one kinda snuck up on us. Had to improvise."

In Mozilla's official 15th anniversary blog, the chairman of the Mozilla Foundation, Mitchell Baker, offered her thoughts on the occasion:

In the coming era both the opportunities and threats to the Web are just as big as they were 15 years ago. As the role of data grows and device capabilities expand, the Internet will become an even more central part of our lives. The need for individuals to have some control over how this works and what we experience is fundamental. Mozilla can — and must — play a key role again. We have the vision, the products and the technology to do this. We know how to enable people to participate, both by contributing to our specific activities and coming up with their own ideas that advance the bigger cause of enriching the Web.

Source: IE on Twitter | Image via Microsoft
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zikalify said,
"Mitchell Baker offered her thoughts" not his lol

For a moment I thought Mitchell Baker's "thoughts" would include tips on how to bake a better cake.

I honestly don't understand all the hate towards IE still other than maybe it makes people sound cool? I am a web developer for a living and use IE as my regylar browser to surf the net(otherwise I still use Chrome for work because of Chrome DevTools). IE10 works great and has pretty good standards support. It's very fast, actually quite secure and it's UI is pretty good as well (for me at least - very minimal and compact)...

That was one of the main reasons Mozilla speeds up their release cycle, Microsofts cakes are delicious! I wonder who eats the cakes every time again. I want that job!

It would be better if Microsoft focused its time on improving the train-wreck that is Internet Explorer. Perhaps they could start by hiring competent UI designers, as IE has the worst interface of any of the main browsers (Opera, Firefox, Chrome, Safari) - that's without even getting into standards support.

theyarecomingforyou said,
It would be better if Microsoft focused its time on improving the train-wreck that is Internet Explorer. Perhaps they could start by hiring competent UI designers, as IE has the worst interface of any of the main browsers (Opera, Firefox, Chrome, Safari) - that's without even getting into standards support.

2001 Called, they want their hatred for IE back.

Oh i seem to have woken up in 2001 again and everyone is hating IE6 with its bad standards support, slow performance, security issues and ugly UI.

Oh how i'll laugh at these people in the future when this all completely changes...

W32.Backdoor.KillAV.E said,
Oh i seem to have woken up in 2001 again and everyone is hating IE6 with its bad standards support, slow performance, security issues and ugly UI.

You say that as if the situation has improved, when relative to other browsers IE10 is still lagging behind.

theyarecomingforyou said,

You say that as if the situation has improved, when relative to other browsers IE10 is still lagging behind.

Seriously do you live in a cave? IE has vastly improved. It's standards compliant, and actually performed the best in W3C HTML5 tests, you know, the organisation who governs this stuff. Or do you go by meaningless **** like html5test.com ? Because LOL if you do.

An independent security firm recently said IE10 is more secure than FF and Chrome after testing all browsers. And IE is easily leading in GPU acceleration - None of the other browsers compare in this area. Everything on IE10, including static images and text is GPU accelerated. This also gives it better battery life and a way smoother experience on touch screens. It's UI is also the cleanest, web content over chrome/buttons.

theyarecomingforyou said,
It would be better if Microsoft focused its time on improving the train-wreck that is Internet Explorer. Perhaps they could start by hiring competent UI designers, as IE has the worst interface of any of the main browsers (Opera, Firefox, Chrome, Safari) - that's without even getting into standards support.
You mean support for non-standards? Or the superb HTML5 test website?

W32.Backdoor.KillAV.E said,
Seriously do you live in a cave? IE has vastly improved. It's standards compliant, and actually performed the best in W3C HTML5 tests, you know, the organisation who governs this stuff.

My statement was perfectly accurate. IE10 is still lagging behind relative to the competition.

theyarecomingforyou said,
It would be better if Microsoft focused its time on improving the train-wreck that is Internet Explorer. Perhaps they could start by hiring competent UI designers, as IE has the worst interface of any of the main browsers (Opera, Firefox, Chrome, Safari) - that's without even getting into standards support.

Yea everybody at Microsoft needs to stop baking cakes and get back to work....
One company sends a cake to another company and you turn it into IE hate. Your post is pathetic.

Liron Hazan said,
IE1-9: pure garbage.
IE10 and especially IE10 Metro - pure GOLD
the ie10 metro UI is great

I'm at work and laughed out loud.

If I told my Firefox/Chrome loving friends this, they'd think I'm a MS fanboy or 'ignorant' or using biased sources. Those people think I'm stuck in the past when I use it. Lol.

Liron Hazan said,
IE1-9: pure garbage.
IE10 and especially IE10 Metro - pure GOLD
the ie10 metro UI is great

You're going about those old IE versions like they somehow should work like modern browsers today. IE 3, 4 and 5/5.5 were great when they came out. 6 was the best browser in the world - in 2001. The problem was, that the IE team stopped developing IE when they got ~95% market share. It was only when Firefox 1.5 came out, that people started thinking that IE6 sucked. So when IE7 came out, people thought that sucked too. While it had improvements, it wasn't enough. And that's how the IE-hatred we know today was born.

IE9 wasn't garbage... it was the fastest browser when it came out. IE10 and 11 are/will be pure gold indeed.

Douglas_C said,
Microsoft have stopped sending Firefox cakes for every new version that comes out.

Instead IE now sends the Firefox team cupcakes for each new version. Being as Mozilla now release a new version every other minute.