I'm currently playing around a bit with XUL, Mozilla's UI definition language. At first, it looked a bit difficult, but after looking a bit deeper into it, it is only a bit more complicated than HTML and JavaScript.
Building up applications just by scripting has never been so easy and recent developments like XAML and Flex shows the power of this technology and how useful it can be. One very good example is the Mozilla Amazon Browser. Use your favourite mozilla-based browser, go to the MAB-page, click "Start MAB now!", and the application launches directly inside the shell of your browser, no security leaks or other flaws. Just advanced JavaScript ;)
Only Microsoft stands apart from that, being the only one, which is not cross-platform.

Will this ring in another round of a "war", like the "browser war" of the late 90's?

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