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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by DistinctiveWeb on Wed 25th Mar 2009 02:50 UTC
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He went on to say that Microsoft learnt its lesson with Internet Explorer 6. "Our learning comes from IE6. With IE6 we adopted some non-recommended standards and interpreted them in a certain way. The end result of that has been painful web development."

I have no sympathy for MS on this comment, every one with an ounce of intelligence knows that MS was thinking:

"We hold the commanding market share, everyone will program against IE, if we make the way that IE does things slightly different to other browsers then it will break sites on other browsers, ensuring that people stay with IE."

Their strategy initially worked but what they never counted on was the level of resistance that came from web developers when great alternative browsers appeared and gained popularity in the enthusiest community.

At least MS can admit that they made a mistake, but I wish that they'd stop making it sound like it was an innocent mistake.

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