You may have noticed that day 2 at MIX was IE8 day (compared to the Silverlight 3 day one) in that the puppy launched!
This is good news in that IE 8 is better than IE 7, which is better than IE 6. Maybe, with 6 being two versions back, we have more weight to get rid of the chap. However, even though Microsoft has recently claimed that IE 8 is the fastest browser, its legacy weight still shows for now, and the other browsers are sprinting ahead.
I have a sneaky suspicion that IE 9 is going to be different and a lot better (new team? got the old greats back? or are they on Azure?), but that is wild speculation on my part.
We had a lot of comments on the news today, and one person who will rename anonymous purely because I don’t know if he would like to be attached or not said this:
When you do your IE8 post, don’t forget to toss out a line indicating the writing-mode bug was not fixed. Their only CSS3 feature and they’ve now effectively prevented the entire web for using it for the next x years. Hilariously, they also tried to cover up the bug by marking it fixed and forcing me to open a new one with the same description.
I also count two regressions in IE7 compatibility mode that make it different from IE7. Kind of a headache for those counting on sending that header.
So, thanks for the better browser guys, and we can’t wait to see what happens next. Shortly we will have IE 8, Firefox 3.5, Safari 4, Chrome 2, Opera 10, and others….. and the Web will have nicer cars to drive around on it. Let’s build applications that take these cars on a decent joy ride instead of boring them in the slow lane.