IE8 passes Acid 2 browser test, beta due in first half of 2008

By on December 20, 2007, 8:32 AM
Hot on the heels of Opera’s complaint to the European Union about Internet Explorer’s dodgy standards support, Microsoft has announced that an internal, preliminary build of Internet Explorer 8 has passed the Acid 2 browser test, meaning it supports certain accepted web standards.

Microsoft plans to release the first beta of the next version of Internet Explorer in the first half of 2008, which is somewhat surprising considering IE7 was released just over a year ago and IE6 – much criticized for its lack of standards compliance – was the de facto browser for more than five years before that. But then again, with the rising popularity of Mozilla’s Firefox, Microsoft really needs to stay up to date.

The company says it has learned its lesson from making improvements to CSS in IE7, which made the browser more compliant with some standards but less compatible with some sites on the web as they were coded. With Internet Explorer 8, however, the company hopes “to support the right set of standards with excellent implementations and do so without breaking the existing web.”

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9Nails said:
This is quite an achievement for Microsoft to not blaze their own trail and follow a set of published standards! Perhaps the beast of Redmond really has changed?
Mictlantecuhtli said:
[quote]IE8 now renders the “Acid2 Face” correctly in IE8 standards mode.[/quote]I guess in plain English it means 99% of the webpages, ie. those rendered using quirks mode, still won't work.It's just the "IE8 standards mode" thing that gets me. They don't dare to drop the IE4/5 "compatibility" things.
tAlki said:
The free IE was the most COLOSSAL mistake a business has ever made. Reasons include:1) The consumer ended up with an inferior product as competition do develop something better dwindled or became economically infeasible.The Browser is the most important application software and it took MSFT 6 years to even come out with an upgrade.2) MSFT became a convicted criminal. It is since quite easy to get them convicted for all sorts of other things.3) I lost count how much they paid out because of 2), but it is well over 5 Billion Dollars.4) Just think of the lost income stream a browser one buys would bring in. MSFT's earnings would not have stagnated as they have and hence the stock still only about 1/2 of the last century's value.5) The pre-occupation to fight lawsuits is so destructive on the curative thinking that could be done if not burdened.6) Being employed at MSFT lost lots of luster.7) Giving away free started the real dot-com bubble that made most hi-tech businesses erroneously think that counting eye-balls is moreimportant than earning money (note eye-balls give highest number versus dollars or counting persons).8) You may have never thought about this but there is plenty of evidence that people got so burned with stocks after the dot-com bubble that they "will never buy a stock again but buy houses that only go up" driving a housing bubble and unfixable (until houses are marked down to 1/2 again) worldwide credit crisis. Note the credit market in the US alone is 70 trillion and is broken for perhaps a decade. The entire US stock market is about 10x smaller.etc. etc. I could easily make a top-10!
Julio said:
Haha, nice. You came from the free browser all the way to the real estate bubble, some imagination :) I have to agree that investors are not the wisest beings out there and are only out for themselves.
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