More thoughts on the changes in IE8

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UPDATE: IE8 Beta 1 is now available for download. I’d recommend installing Virtual PC and then grabbing the latest Internet Explorer Application Compatibility VPC Image (Virtual Hard Disk Image for testing websites on IE on Windows XP SP2). That way you can conduct browser testing in a more controlled environment, as opposed to eradicating your local install of IE6 or IE7…

Some people will say Microsoft caved; others, that they listened to public opinion; some may even buy the company’s own explanation, which is that, given a company-wide reorientation away from proprietary winner-take-all competitiveness and toward interoperability, “web standards by default” takes precedence over “supporting all those badly made websites that were created specifically to work in IE.” Jeffrey Zeldman

Did Microsoft cave, or did it see the light? It’s hard to imagine a company as large as Microsoft “getting it” all of a sudden, but stranger things have happened. Zeldman’s post gathers many of the arguments for and against IE8’s proposed version targeting. It’s definitely worth a read. I for one am glad that Microsoft has chosen to go the more difficult route and support standards first.

2 thoughts on “More thoughts on the changes in IE8

  1. Let me start out by saying that I hope Microsoft gets it but based on Microsoft’s past history, I’m sure they have some reason up their sleeve for doing this.

    I heard that the Opera CEO had an interesting quote regarding IE 8. Essentially, he was saying that Microsoft is so dominant that they set the standards and thus things are really going to be any different.

    I couldn’t find the direct quote but it makes sense.

  2. Let me start out by saying that I hope Microsoft gets it but based on Microsoft’s past history, I’m sure they have some reason up their sleeve for doing this.

    I heard that the Opera CEO had an interesting quote regarding IE 8. Essentially, he was saying that Microsoft is so dominant that they set the standards and thus things are really going to be any different.

    I couldn’t find the direct quote but it makes sense.

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