Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 25th Feb 2008 22:09 UTC
Internet Explorer Microsoft has sent an e-mail to a select number of its previous beta testers regarding the upcoming release of IE8 beta 1. "We are nearing the launch of Windows Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 and we will be making it available for the general public to download and test. IE8 Beta 1 is focused on the developer community, with the goal of gaining valuable feedback to improve Internet Explorer 8 during the development process."
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RE: Browser wars
by google_ninja on Mon 25th Feb 2008 23:58 UTC in reply to "Browser wars"
google_ninja
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2006-02-05

The browser wars are really just getting geared up again.
It actually really seemed like IE wasn't even going to be in the running this time around (IE7 can be summed up as "It sucks less"), but from all reports, IE8 is going to be very fast, very secure, and very standards compliant. Webkit is lightning fast, very standards compliant, and with some big js improvements coming down the pipe is turning into a very compelling choice. FF3 isn't going to be standing still on standards and will pass acid2, finally tracking down the memory and stability issues, and offering native UIs on every platform.

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RE[2]: Browser wars
by stestagg on Tue 26th Feb 2008 13:11 in reply to "RE: Browser wars"
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2006-06-03

Trouble is, all the reports about IE8 have been coming directly from Microsoft at this time. As noone else has had a chance to try it.

Just like all the glowing reports about standards compliance that were released about IE7, before it was GA.

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RE[3]: Browser wars
by google_ninja on Tue 26th Feb 2008 13:54 in reply to "RE[2]: Browser wars"
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2006-02-05

The goals for IE7 were security, then rendering bugs, then standards. They accomplished the security issue, they fixed the majority of the huge, embarrasing ie bugs that every web guy knew about, and it was more standards compliant then ie6.

IMO IE7 gives the new team the benefit of the doubt, if you take IE4-6 into account, IE7 was a hell of a release. Based on what they have already accomplished, I wouldn't be suprised at all if they delivered on what they are blogging about IE8.

Even if they don't though, webkit is still turning into a kickass platform, and will definately give gecko a run for its money. The browser wars are still gonna happen, its just IE will be a sideliner.

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