Never thought I’d see the day when Microsoft pulls the plug on IE. If I had told anyone about this ten years ago, they would laugh out loud and say that it would be too absurd to take seriously. I remember the day when Microsoft released the first version of Internet Explorer in 1995, by acquiring Spyglass Mosaic and rebranding it. And for a decade it seemed that nothing could withstand the onslaught of Internet Explorer.
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IE10 was previewed yesterday at the MIX conference in Las Vegas. They have added lots of CSS3 support, but it makes me wonder why they didn’t put in the recently released IE9? And who will ever use IE9 when this one is approaching at the horizon?
IE6 is more stubborn than Rocky Balboa, it just won’t go down and die peacefully even though the entire planet is cheering for the other guy. But a few days ago an unexpected opponent turned up: its own creator Microsoft.
If you’ve been living under a rock for last months, you might have missed the buzz surrounding a new kid on the block: Google Wave. As usual, most people seem to misunderstand it but still claim it’s better than sliced bread.
The first sharp version of IE8 will be released today at Microsoft’s MIX09 conference in Las Vegas. The last months has seen a harsh public humiliation against the so called browser IE6 where large sites actually warned users that they were using deprecated software. Campaigns were started and it felt like a crusade.
Despite the waves of culling, a lot of IE6 installations are still at large in the browser highlands, fighting against impossible odds. Even Microsoft tries to get rid of it by their nasty weapon called Windows Update. It’s simply a dinosaur that should have been extinct long ago.
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.
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:
The IE team has been taking crap from pretty much everybody for uncountable years. Despite several CSS improvements, the feature list of IE7 was a disappointment to many people and there has been silence for a whole year since then. But suddenly something stirs in the wind: Dean Hachamovich announced that IE8 passes Acid2 test. Consider it an early X-mas gift.
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?”