IE 8 Launched -- Surprisingly -- To the World

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IE 8 Launched -- Surprisingly -- To the World

Post icon  Posted 05 March 2008 - 05:39 PM

This is pretty big news, cause it kind of came out of nowhere, and alot of features people have been craving for .

http://www.readwrite...has_arrived.php

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Microsoft's next-generation web browser, Internet Explorer 8, has arrived. In a surprising move, after the demo of IE8 and its new features at today's session of the MIX08 conference, the startling announcement was made: "It's available for download now". The new browser showcases many new features and improvements, like Facebook and eBay integration, standards compliance, and the ability to work with AJAX web pages. What's most notable about IE8, though, is more than a sum of its parts. If anything, this launch shows that Microsoft is not taking Firefox's creep into browser market share lightly.


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Posted 05 March 2008 - 06:05 PM

Let it be known that it is a Beta release and is not even advertised on the main pages of Microsoft.com so I wouldn't be reading too much into this. The way Microsoft has been going it will be through a half dozen betas or so, get released, still flawed and they will promise to fix it in the next version.

I am skeptical. :/
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Posted 05 March 2008 - 07:10 PM

I knew it was coming, but damn ie7 isn't that old. I wonder how long till support for 6 is dropped all together.

My work developed all there apps for ie6, this should be fun!

-- I like how they are focusing heavily on web standards. You mean to tell me Microsoft wants to be accepted more among developers?

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 08:59 PM

Maybe Microsoft has finally realized that they actually have the capital to compete with quality products instead of monopolistic trickery?

Maybe hell has frozen over as well?

This is a good thing for us (the users) because hopefully it means that Mozilla and Opera are going to step up the pace, cut down on bloat, and add more stability. Right now there are very few "features" I want in a browser besides those two.

The sad thing is, when Microsoft eventually wins the "browser wars" again, they're just going to go back to sleep, and IE 27 is going to be the rotting garbage that IE5-6 were. :(
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Posted 05 March 2008 - 09:44 PM

from using it for only about 5 minutes, its almost instant open as opposed to ie 7 which would take a second.

they are pushing 'activities' and 'webslices'

after watching the webslices video about what it is. i'm not entirely sure.... its like an advanced rss feed... anyone know for sure? sounds really annoying from my standpoint because its not going to work on any browser besides ie, and no matter how cool it is, thats just stupid

it may actually be just an rss feed re-named, which would be cool. cause they are making them more user friendly.

i was just messing around and went to my employers website, highlighted the address, and a small icon pops up that lets you rollover and see a map or look up the definition bunch of other stuff.. pretty cool and very slickly implemented.
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Posted 05 March 2008 - 11:08 PM

This just in off the presses.

Hands-on With Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8
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Posted 06 March 2008 - 07:10 AM

I love how a new feature of this is compliance to standards. Made me laugh. Firefox Forever... We'll see how IE8 compares to FireFox 3 when they are both released
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Posted 06 March 2008 - 08:25 AM

To anyone that has already installed it - does it do acid 3, and if not, how far does it get?

Cheers!
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Posted 06 March 2008 - 09:01 AM

I think I'll load the beta when I get home.

The 'ease of use' crap they add into software these days just makes it harder to find things for people who know how to use them.
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Posted 06 March 2008 - 09:16 AM

View Postthehat, on 6 Mar, 2008 - 04:25 PM, said:

To anyone that has already installed it - does it do acid 3, and if not, how far does it get?

Cheers!


From an Inquirer article:

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IE8's big feature is, of course, its better standards compliance, meaning that the Acid2 test, for evaluating CSS 2 compliance, renders correctly. But the crafty boffins down at the Web Standards Project have a newer, tougher test called Acid3, which the Vole's Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 can't quite seem to get the hang of just yet.

Microsoft has additionally developed a group of CSS 2.1 test cases, which it reckons should make it a bit easier to test specific features and see which bits are supported and which bits aren't; This shows the company is taking these standards (or just the various fines and lawsuits it keeps getting slammed with) a lot more seriously.

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Posted 06 March 2008 - 09:51 AM

Thanks 1lacca.

I ended up installing it myself, it manages all of 17 tests and it ain't pretty!
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Posted 07 March 2008 - 04:58 AM

Nice, I'll install it once I get home.
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Posted 07 March 2008 - 06:09 AM

I just installed it.
It looks pretty cool, and I've noticed that it works a lot faster than before (although still not as fast as Opera 9.26).

But the new features of Gmail are supported only on IE7 and don't work on IE8, but that should change once the final version is released.

If you use IE8 with Google/Yahoo Toolbar it crashes on a few websites. Without them, it works fine.

I'll explore IE8 a little more before I make my final judgement.
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Re: IE 8 Launched -- Surprisingly -- To the World

Posted 07 March 2008 - 06:36 AM

IE8 Fails Acid3 Test miserably. (Score of 17/100)
Here are the Acid3 results for some other browsers:
  • Opera 9.26 : 46 / 100
  • Opera 9.50 (Beta) : 60 / 100
  • Firefox 2 on Windows XP : 50 / 100
  • Firefox 3 on Mac OS 10.5 : 56 / 100
  • Firefox 3 on Windows XP : 59 / 100
Currently the top scorer is Konqueror built from SVN 2008.03.06 with 63/100 followed by Opera 9.50 (Beta)

*Update*:
IE crashes on South Park's Web site but successfully recovers the crashed tab. IE.love++;
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Posted 07 March 2008 - 07:13 AM

From the acid3 wiki:

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The team that develops WebKit, used in Safari, has a tracking bug[10]. As of early March 2008 the Webkit nightly builds pass 90 of the tests.


So, erm... go safari, or something :^:
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