Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd Mar 2010 20:21 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Internet Explorer "With the latest releases of Opera, Google Chrome and Firefox continuing to push the boundaries of the web, the once-dominant Internet Explorer is looking less and less relevant every day. But we should expect Microsoft to go on the offensive at its upcoming MIX 2010 developer conference in Las Vegas, where, it has been speculated, the company will demonstrate the first beta builds of Internet Explorer 9 and possibly offer a preview release of the browser to developers. Several clues point to the possibility that the next version of IE will include broad support for HTML5 elements, vector graphics and emerging CSS standards. If Microsoft plays its cards right in Vegas, IE 9 could be the release that helps IE get its groove back in the web browser game."
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by Kroc on Wed 3rd Mar 2010 22:12 UTC
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Microsoft will define HTML5.

I know that a majority of developers live on the coattails of Microsoft. If it's not in IE, then it can't go in a site.

Microsoft baking in a ton of new features is going to send a shock up these developer's backsides that will take them years to recover from. They will hide behind IE6, 7 & 8 quoting usage figures as an escape from shaping up.

If Microsoft cock this up, they will do untold harm to the web, they will derail so much progress wrought with hard work by Firefox, Opera and Safari/Chrome.

Microsoft's choice of video codec (or lack thereof) for HTML5 video will decide the HTML5 video / Flash / OGG / H.264 debate.

There is no way I can express just how fundamental to change IE9 will be. It is the ticket developers have been waiting for to move the state of web software forward. Microsoft will make or break HTML5. So much rests on their shoulders. I can only hope the market has beaten them with the cluestick for so many years now, they understand what is required--nothing less than full compliance.

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