Wait and See on IE 8

By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2008-01-07 Print this article Print

Opinion: It's still too early to judge the Microsoft browser's standards compliance.

Internet Explorer 8 is coming! Yay! And it will be standards compliant! Woo hoo! I can't wait to get my hands on it! But just when will that be? Looks like there will be an initial beta sometime in the first half of 2008 (which probably means May or June). Okay, so I guess I won't get to play around with it anytime soon. But did you see that IE 8 passed the Web Standards Project's Acid2, a key test for determining the standards compliance of a Web browser? That's something that Firefox hasn't been able to do yet, so take that Mozilla!
Well, an internal build of IE 8 passed the Acid2 test. I'm not sure if we can even call it an alpha. But this must mean that IE 8 will be standards compliant, right?
Hmm...I'm not too sure about that. Now that I think about it, I think I'll wait until I see a final shipping version of Internet Explorer 8 before I get too excited about its proposed features and standards compliance. Because when it comes to Microsoft and the promises of early alphas and prototypes, cautious skepticism isn't a bad thing. Click here to read the entire column Can Internet Explorer 8 Keep Its Promise?
Jim Rapoza, Chief Technology Analyst, eWEEK.For nearly fifteen years, Jim Rapoza has evaluated products and technologies in almost every technology category for eWEEK. Mr Rapoza's current technology focus is on all categories of emerging information technology though he continues to focus on core technology areas that include: content management systems, portal applications, Web publishing tools and security. Mr. Rapoza has coordinated several evaluations at enterprise organizations, including USA Today and The Prudential, to measure the capability of products and services under real-world conditions and against real-world criteria. Jim Rapoza's award-winning weekly column, Tech Directions, delves into all areas of technologies and the challenges of managing and deploying technology today.

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