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After IE7 comes IE8

Microsoft are infamous for their product names. My latest favorite is “.NET 3.0”, which really is the .NET 2.0 framework with a few addons. I wonder how they come up with these names? Locking themselves up in a conference room and starts to brainstorm? “What do we call our Flash killer? How about Blue and white electromagnetic discharge? No, something shorter. Silverlight?”

Anyhow.

IE7 was released about a year ago, adding new fuel to the browser fire. Recently Bill Gates visited the Mix n Mash event and talked to a bunch of Bloggers such as Jonathan Snook and Molly Holzschlag. He happened to mention IE.Next and actually called it IE8 for the first time. Wow. What a great and logical name.

Unfortunately, that’s all Microsoft has revealed about the upcoming browser. Unlike the Firefox team who are very public with their road-maps. Molly actually hit Bill on the head with this issue.

Despite all this, IE7 is the second most popular browser in the world, only surpassed by the beast IE6. It’s a strange world, as if most cars in the streets today would be rusty T-Ford models and people happily using barrels of salt instead of refrigerators.

2 comments

  • avatar
    Jakob
    20 Dec, 2007

    Well yesterday Dean Hachamovitch (MS blogger) said that IE 8 will pass the Acid2 test. Just a few days after Opera filed a complaint about IE not complying to web standards!!

  • avatar
    20 Dec, 2007

    What an amazing coincidence…. :)
    But it’s still good news. Hopefully IE8 will be better than IE7.

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