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 mono on Thu 4th Mar 2010 00:31 UTC
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I know they will never do it but I think it would be better to switch to another rendering engine (be it presto or webkit or gecko). I wouldn't say that the Trident engine has limitations or it's obsolete because nobody knows if it has. It's just about that Microsoft could concentrate on other things. I just don't get it why it's important to maintain and keep alive another rendering engine when there are other companies who work their asses off to achieve 101 scores on the acid3 test. They could still call the browser Internet Explorer.
Ok, I know they would break compatibility with a lot of websites but they already did it with IE7 and IE8... They could still keep the old Trident engine for compatibility view...
Well, after all I don't really care because I have to write many crossbrowser compatibility stuff for every browser engines. I don't see why it's useful to have many engines instead of one.

Edited 2010-03-04 00:33 UTC

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