The Washington Post reports that as web browsers increasingly become the focal point of handling business transactions, and running programs instead of simply displaying web pages, many of them are getting "facelifts." Opera Software released its Opera 9 browser on Tuesday, with Microsoft and Firefox due to release new versions later in the year. With search engine use up since the last release of Internet Explorer, and the proliferation of end-user applications such as maps, word processing and other applications that were traditionally "stand alone," developers are devoting tremendous amounts of resources to incorporating these uses into web...

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