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Few IE8 details emerge?

by John.Wilkinson / December 19, 2007 4:40 AM PST

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.

Release Timeframe:
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.

Compatibility:
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.

User Interface:
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

John

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(NT) I can hardly wait.
by Coryphaeus / December 19, 2007 6:47 AM PST
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by gigabits / December 23, 2007 11:36 PM PST
In reply to: I can hardly wait.

Same here! It's about time for a new version.

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No change in interface = No consideration from me
by daleisfflchamp / January 4, 2008 2:33 PM PST

If they aren't planning on any change on the interface side, I won't have a plan to look at IE8 at all.

My biggest complaint on IE7 has been its slow interface, I have to wait a second or two to switch tabs, while on the same machine Firefox's tabs open instantly. I'm a very fast user so interface's speed matters to me as much as standard compliance (as I'm also a web developer). In the age of IE6, my reason to switch to Firefox has been its standard compliance, nowadays with IE7's "improvements", the reason I stayed with Firefox is its slow interface.

I did know Firefox2 doesn't pass acid2 (I'm now using Firefox 3 Beta, which pass acid2), but it did the job much better than IE and I liked its interface at both speed and looks.

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