Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 26th Jan 2009 22:09 UTC, submitted by mrmeander
Internet Explorer IE8 has emerged from beta, with the arrival of its first release candidate. The IE development team now considers the browser platform- and feature-complete, but won't say how long untill it goes gold. PCMag.com got an early look and has posted a full review of Internet Explorer 8 RC1. The release candidate differs only slightly from beta 2, most notably in its InPrivate browsing feature, compatibility view, and improved performance. The browser has also been made more secure, and it gives users convenient new ways to use web resources. IE8's color-coded tab system, improved address bar, and enhanced privacy protections are noteworthy.
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Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Tue 27th Jan 2009 12:26 UTC
Kroc
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2005-11-10

Too little, too late.

Now Microsoft can’t rely upon IE marketshare being a given, and they’re having to compete.

This is hardly competing.

Still painfully slow to initialise. Slow loading pages. Slow Javascript. Completely lacks "teh Snappy" of Firefox 3 or Chrome.

Caught up with Acid 2 just as everybody else was done and moving on to the next thing.

- Still terrible Javascript 1.5 and DOM. No JS 1.7/1.8 like Firefox

- Proprietary Cross-XMLHTTPRequest, yet more "libraries" needed to hack around IE

- No SVG, no HTML5, *STILL NO XHTML+XML*


Not good enough MS, not good enough.

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