i don't 'get' holidays ...
anyway, i predicted the voice browser wars years ago (granted, i did not predict that MS would screw up their 95+% lead with IE). but Opera just fired a warning shot with their new beta. on the IBM / Opera side is X+V, with the V standing for VoiceXml. on the Intel / MS side, the technology is SALT. so for web developers, supporting both these specs is going to be a PITA. the messed up thing is that MS has had a SALT add-in for IE (and Pocket IE) for almost a year. they just have not pushed it out. that is why multimodal Speech SDK apps get no love from developers. hopefully IE .Next will get it right