As usual, Microsoft has decided to keep the details of their upcoming browser a secret but they have released a few small details concerning the successor to IE7, Internet Explorer 8.
Web Standards Compliance:
Internet Explorer 8 will feature a new ?IE8 standards mode,? which is designed to be fully compliant with international web standards, as evidenced by its passing of the Acid2 test last week. Opera and Safari both are currently Acid2 compliant while Firefox will be with the release of version 3.0. This new mode will be enabled on a case-by-case basis, only if the website rendered contains a special tag in the HTML header. Otherwise the website will be rendered exactly as it is in IE7, resulting in no loss of compatibility or functionality.
Microsoft has stated that Beta 1 will be released during the first half of 2008, but the exact timing of both it and the final release will be based on the quality and stability of the browser.
Microsoft declined to state which operating systems Internet Explorer 8 would support, though rumors are that support for Windows XP SP2/SP3 is in the works.
Again, the topic was pushed off to a to-be-determined date, but they?re looking to keep it simple, focusing on both security and compliance. Expect only small tweaks to the existing interface.
Nothing ground breaking, but it is a small break in the silence nevertheless. More information can be found on the Internet Explorer team blog
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