Can we get one thing straight please?
> For now, however, it seems the only way Microsoft will supply you with a modern browser that complies with the latest open web standards is if you agree to <u>upgrade</u> to its newest proprietary OS.
It'd be better to term this "update", not "upgrade". We won't know it is an upgrade until such time as a few of us have actually evaluated it.
Windows ME from Windows 98SE was an update, not an upgrade.
Windows Vista from Windows XP was an update, not an upgrade.
The iOS 6 Maps application from what iOS 5 had was an update, not an upgrade.
Just because it is newer, does not mean it is better. It could be a lot worse.