The year 2008 will see the release of three major versions of the most popular browsers. We will see the release of Firefox 3, Internet Explorer 8 and Opera 9.5. All promise new and exciting features for the new browser versions and users were already able to test beta versions of both Firefox 3 and Opera 9.5.
IT Week reported today that a public beta release of Internet Explorer 8 will be released in the first half of 2008 and that the new Microsoft browser will make its first public appearance at the MIX '08 conference in Las Vegas that begins on March 5. The article states that "Microsoft would make the pre-release code available to the general public” which is probably a misinterpretation rather than a fact. I personally believe that code simply means the program and not the source code of Internet Explorer.
Lets all hope that Microsoft will get their acts together and create a web browser that is standard compliant. I'm looking forward to test the new Internet Explorer and will definitely run a series of performance tests. Will be interesting to see how the browser fares against Opera 9.5 and Firefox 3 who both increased the performance over previous versions.
Would you change to the new Internet Explorer 8 if you are using Firefox or Opera currently ? Would you change from IE to the other two browsers ? Let me know.
There is already a heated discussion about the new Internet Explorer 8 at the official Internet Explorer blog, very interesting read if you are a webmaster or developer.
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