IE 8 Is Going To Kick Every Browsers Butt

Damn just when I was going to do a blog post predicting that the reason why Microsoft is so quiet about IE 8 is because they want to surprise everyone and I was right. This is going to make Opera look really bad. The IE blog latest post says that IE 8 has passed the ACID2 Test. I predict that other than ACID2 the IE team has a bunch of other tricks up their sleeves. Opera forced them to play one of their Aces. In case you don’t know what ACID2 is.

Acid2 is a test page for web browsers published by The Web Standards Project (WaSP). It has been written to help browser vendors make sure their products correctly support features that web designers would like to use. These features are part of existing standards but haven’t been interoperably supported by major browsers. Acid2 tries to change this by challenging browsers to render Acid2 correctly before shipping.

Acid2 is a complex web page. It uses features that are not in common use yet, because of lack of support, and it crams many tests into one page. The aim has been to make it simple for developers and users to check if a browser passes the test. If it does, the smiley face on the left will appear. If something is wrong, the face will be distorted and/or shown partly in red.

Here are a couple of things I predict about IE 8.

  • A Much faster rendering engine for Both JavaScript and Web Pages.
  • Cooler, Skinnable and Better User Interface.
  • Better Extensibility like Firefox.
  • Will use lesser memory.
  • More Security Features.

This comment on DIGG says it all.

Wow, a story about Microsoft and Internet Explorrer and most all of the comments in here are positive? I Never thought I’d see that!

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Sounds good. This time, they better make sure it follows the webstandard completely. I’m so tired of hacking the CSS in IE…

it doesn’t matter. refusing to participate in the discussion is the reason that their products have sucked in the past. They’re finally responding to challenges from a year ago? great. With their absurdly slow release cycles, we’ll still be a long way from a decent browser within a very short time.

I like matt’s prediction better. by 2017, they will _have_ to engage their community, in order to maintain any level of competitiveness.

At last Microsoft appear to being pro active in their development, but then again it could be construed as the usual reactive to the current better faster and extendable browsers already in use. And by the time of its release will it still be cutting edge?

Yeah I read it today morning.
May be the whole point of IE8 to pass ACID2. That’s it.
May be everything else is still messed up.

p.s. Sorry, couldn’t resist :

Hey! Why didn’t my colon-P smiley show at the end. :(

IE 7 wasted a lot of space. The interface was overly complicated compared to using Firefox and IE6. So aside from improvements to the interface/usability, lower memory consumption *might* persuade me to use IE8…but i foresee myself using FF3 before that happens.

The news all around is making IE 8 more and more tempting to try… Can’t wait for the first beta release!

And I like your human confirmation question lol. I felt like typing “What do you think, eh?” in the answer box. :P

I’ll believe it when I see it. I gave up Netscape for IE3. But as soon as Internet Explorer had the lead Microsoft stopped giving users reasons to prefer IE over other browsers. I use Safari now anyway… but I’d love to see IE8 blast everyone out of the water– it’ll push Apple, Opera, Mozilla to bust their tails to blast IE8 back.

I think it will all come down to who comes who ever releases their browser first. But ultimately for anyone in the web industry both are a must. IE for testing, and Firefox as the ultimate SEO / Development tool. Cheers.

Looks good but i would still go with firefox.. i love it.

And you should know, Opera sucks!

the only problem with IE7 was that it used most of the space and it was complicated~~~unlike opera~~~but opera is still free IE8 wont be lets see what microsoft comes up with

Whoo.. MS is listening to the community? they are so far behind they better do. As Geoff say: I’ll believe it when I see it!

I will still use FF in the future and only use IE for checking some webpages i develop.

My list :)

1. FF
2. Opera
3. Safari
4. IE

When and if IE8 comes it will probably remain in 4th place…

can you install IE8 Beta, and it not override IE7 install?


Please can IE8 command for “web page save as” screen be
set to always display full screen ? This helps me
to work with long file names on bigger drives.