Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Mar 2009 23:26 UTC, submitted by inkslinger
Internet Explorer Recently, Microsoft released Internet Explorer 8, which boasted much better standards compliance than previous iterations of the browser. While it passed the Acid2 test, IE8 failed miserably in the Acid3 test, and many people criticised Microsoft for it. Microsoft Australia's Nick Hodge has stated that Microsoft purposefully decided not to support Acid3, because the test tests against draft standards.
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Microsoft Outlook Web Access was a very early AJAX application that is widely used. I've copied a quotation from Shreesh Dubey in Code Magazine that provides further insight into javascript performance

'...We worked closely with the Google Gmail product team and focused on making engineering fixes that directly resulted in improved end-user performance. As a result of these efforts, we were able to directly impact commonly used Gmail operations between 15% - 25% compared to Internet Explorer 7. We believe Gmail is quite representative of the current generation of AJAX applications in how they exercise the AJAX subsystems, so we think other AJAX applications will see similar improvements...'

Shreesh also has his jscript blog at

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