Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 15th Sep 2010 19:14 UTC
Internet Explorer After several months and preview releases, Microsoft has finally lifted the curtain for the Windows Explorer 9 beta release. Internet Explorer 9 is Microsoft's attempt at not just catching up to the competition, but at actually surpassing them. Since enough sites will be focusing on just how many nanoseconds faster or slower the beta is compared to the competition, I'll talk a little about the new minimalist interface.
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Standards wise, its their best yet too
by google_ninja on Thu 16th Sep 2010 02:01 UTC
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Member since:
2006-02-05

Starting to see adoption of "emerging" standards like html5 and css3 with this release, which historically MS has not done. It basically means that by the time IE8 goes away, IE will finally no longer be the lowest common denominator in what web guys can use and maintain browser compatibility.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Starting to see adoption of "emerging" standards like html5 and css3 with this release, which historically MS has not done. It basically means that by the time IE8 goes away, IE will finally no longer be the lowest common denominator in what web guys can use and maintain browser compatibility.


Not only are MS adopting emerging standards like html5 and css3 with this release, but they are also adopting decades-old stable standards for the first time, such as SVG, ECMAscript5, and parts of DOM2 and DOM3.

This is a huge improvement over MS utterly refusing to implement web standards for years and years on end as they have done in the past. Kudos to MS for that.

IE will finally no longer be the lowest common denominator in what web guys can use and maintain browser compatibility


I can't however see how that is so. What browser out of the main competition - Opera, Chrome, Safari and Firefox - is going to be lower than IE9 when IE9 comes out?

With IE9, MS indeed are bringing up the standard of the lowest common denominator of the main web browsers by a huge leap ... but make no mistake, IE9 will still be the main browser that is the lowest common denominator.

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google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

what I mean is if you ignore IE, its sort of up in the air who supports the most new stuff, tends to change from release to release.

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chrisfriberg Member since:
2009-04-08

Starting to see adoption of "emerging" standards like html5 and css3 with this release, which historically MS has not done. It basically means that by the time IE8 goes away, IE will finally no longer be the lowest common denominator in what web guys can use and maintain browser compatibility.


This is true for most MS software. Over time, they become sufficiently compatible with the standards of the decade they were born in.

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