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 sakeniwefu on Tue 26th Feb 2008 05:09 UTC in reply to "Browser wars"
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It will all depend on their bets.
I believe that going Vista-only would give Firefox a chance to stand up again(FF4) after the blow that IE8 will be to the Windows version if the latter really is faster and more standards-compliant than FF3.

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RE[2]: Browser wars
by ba1l on Tue 26th Feb 2008 07:43 in reply to "RE: Browser wars"
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You think Firefox should artificially limit it's own user base? What good could that possibly do?

There is virtually nothing available in Vista that isn't either available in Windows XP as well, or available as a portable library that can be used across all platforms supported by Firefox, including Mac OS X and Linux. The Firefox team have already shown that they can support three separate platforms (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X), so what's wrong with adding a fourth (Windows Vista)?

Even Microsoft aren't dropping XP support yet. Which is a relief - the sooner web developers can ignore IE 6 and IE 7 the better, and tying IE 8 adoption to Vista adoption would have crippled it.

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RE[3]: Browser wars
by sakeniwefu on Tue 26th Feb 2008 08:35 in reply to "RE[2]: Browser wars"
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What I am suggesting is that FF3 will have problems to contest IE8 in the Windows platform if IE8 is the second-coming everyone's suggesting and FF3 keeps being just good.
If Microsoft does as usual and keeps IE8 to Vista users as a way to push Vista adoption, FF4 will have a chance of optimizing for speed and be back into competition in the Windows arena before XP gets phased out.
In Linux, and free-OSes in general, FF has a virtual monopoly, and there's no chance of Windows-only IE8 ever contesting it.
Of course this all assumes that the information about fastest and more compliant than ever IE8 is true.

Edited 2008-02-26 08:48 UTC

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RE[2]: Browser wars
by google_ninja on Tue 26th Feb 2008 14:03 in reply to "RE: Browser wars"
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Web developers care about standards compliance, it has been shown that noone else really does.

What is important is that using IE6, especially pre XP SP2 was downright dangerous to peoples computers, and the word really got around. People were more then willing to put up with the performance issues of firefox if it meant that surfing the web didn't infest their machines with spyware. If MS makes a big enough splash with IE8, FF may start losing some of its windows base.

Honestly, if this boils down to technical superiority, my bets are on webkit. They need a better javascript engine, but when that comes their speed will beat IE (and totally pants FF), and their codebase is far cleaner then anything else out there.

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