Once again the MIX conference is being arranged at the Venetian in Las Vegas, just as last year. One of the most interesting announcements this far is the release of IE8 beta 1. Judging from the interstellar distance in time between IE6 and IE7, this is a big step forward.
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Every once in a while, there comes a news item that really stir the blogosphere. Recently Microsoft announced in the article Compatibility and IE8 that the upcoming 8th version of Internet Explorer will feature a special meta element, which will trigger the standards mode. It will look something like this:
I started graphical web browsing using NCSA Mosaic 14 years ago. Version 1.0 was released in November 1993, the first graphic-oriented browser which reached widespread popularity. One of the developers called Marc Andreesen started his own company Netscape to develop a new browser.
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?”
IE6 is harder to eliminate than John McClane but now it seems to get a push towards the gorge by Microsoft themselves. It appears that IE7 will be classified as a critical update in Windows Update, meaning that it will be installed on even more machines than before but more importantly, even users with pirate versions of Windows may install it without the need for validating their license.
Today, the WWDC 2007 was held in San Francisco and the keynote was delivered by Steve Jobs. I followed the transcript live by MacRumors thanks to a blogger in the audience, and afterwards the keynote was made available as Quicktime stream (check it out, and don’t miss the blunt Ballmer bashing).
About a year ago, I was involved in a report predicting the future of browsers and operating systems. Today I had a look at browser statistics for March 2007. IE7 is up to 30%, at the expense of IE6 going down to 48%. Firefox is the eternal number two, with 14% of the market.
The day we’ve all been waiting and dreading for has arrived – final version of IE7 is now available for download. This is one of the biggest changes for web developers in several years. But thanks to all the hype surrounding IE7 for the last year, no one is really jumping off the wagon to download it. But now that it’s here, let’s have a look.
A friend asked me why I use Firefox instead of Internet Explorer 6. For a few seconds I was kind of baffled. Is there a reason not to use Firefox? IE is infamous for its inadequate web standards support and it is constantly a thorn in my side, but that’s probably an issue that doesn’t concern end users, only us web developers who have to struggle with it every day. But even apart from standards, there are several things to Firefox that improves the browsing experience.
Like it or not, but most people who develop websites using Microsoft technologies will suffer from the benefits and pitfalls of Vista and IE7. Since the avalanche is unavoidable, it’s better to getting used to the idea and learn more of what’s behind the corner. Just as with a real avalanche, your knowledge and preparation (maybe even a proper portable jetpack) will save you from a lot of trouble.