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IE8 Beta 2 — first impressions

Last night Microsoft announced the release of the second beta of Internet Explorer 8, which is no doubt very similar to the final release version. You can download it from microsoft.com/ie8 (notes on upgrading).

Webmonkey have a nice round‐up of the new features, so I won’t bother repeating that; instead, here are my first impressions after an hour or so’s use.

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IE8 opt‐in: no problem after all?

After two days of commotion regarding the Internet Explorer team’s decision to include a standards opt‐in in the next version of their browser, Mozilla’s John Resig has noticed something rather important in an exchange on IE’s Chris Wilson’s blog; namely:

Internet Explorer 8 will support DOCTYPE switching for new DOCTYPEs (like HTML5).

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IE8 opt‐in: reaction from other browser makers

Predictably, yesterday’s announcement from Microsoft about the new standards opt‐in switch has created quite a stir in the web development community. As I noted yesterday, the reaction from the other browser makers would be quite important — and it looks as if they’re not interested.

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IE8 standards mode opt‐in revealed

The Internet Explorer team announced today that we will have to opt in to using the improved standards support in future versions of their browser, by means of a meta declaration in the head of our documents:

<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=8" />

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Worst. Announcement. Ever.

After complaints from the web community about lack of transparency in the development of the next Internet Explorer, and a little browbeating from Molly Holzschlag, Bill Gates says there is no “deep secret” about what they’re doing with IE, and the IE team have responded by releasing the detail we’ve all been waiting for: the browser after IE7 will be IE8.

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