2008 will be an interesting year Browser wise

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 26, 2008
Updated • Dec 9, 2012
Internet Explorer

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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  1. jason said on March 2, 2008 at 5:53 am

    hope the upcoming firefox 3 will not have high memory usage.

  2. Starhawk Laughingsun said on February 27, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    Surely you are joking. Considering I use Ubuntu and will never go back to Windows and considering the hundred or so Firefox, actually swiftweasel, add ons I use the answer is NO NO NO WAY. Firefox Rocks!

  3. Tobey said on February 27, 2008 at 11:41 am

    ROFL there’s no way for me to switch back to IE ever! Opera’s my best choice and it keeps backing up my opinion all the time.

    Opera FTW :)

  4. Geoff said on February 27, 2008 at 2:54 am

    nope, will stay with non-profit browsers until I have to switch.

  5. Roman ShaRP said on February 27, 2008 at 12:04 am

    Would you change to the new Internet Explorer 8 if you are using Firefox or Opera currently ?

    NEVER. Don’t even think about it! IE sucks.

    And for the pages and scripts, which don’t work with Opera or Firefox, there are IETab ;)

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