Microsoft readies IE8 for lift off
But will download servers cope?
Web surfers across the world will be able to download Internet Explorer 8 later today.
Microsoft’s browser should land at noon Eastern Day Time (16:00hrs GMT), assuming the software giant isn’t hit by any 11th hour problems with its download servers.
The firm will officially take the wrapper off IE8 later today at its web designers and developers MIX09 conference in Las Vegas.
Redmond said the browser would be available in 25 languages that include Arabic, English, Greek, Japanese, Russian and Turkish.
MS boss Steve Ballmer was keen to big up IE8’s security features by claiming the new browser “provides protection that no other browser can match”.
It comes loaded with a private browsing option, the ability to save quick view slices of a webpage and better security features. IE8 will also play nice with web standards to keep developers and regulators happy.
Microsoft is also directly responding to an increasingly crowded market, where it now faces serious competition from open source browsers such as Mozilla’s Firefox and Google’s Chrome.
Mozilla is currently working on Firefox 3.
15, but it’s not expected to rock up until the summer now. Meanwhile, Google on Tuesday re-betafied its Chrome browser.
Got, Installed, Removed
Downloaded, installed hit the Icon, screen flashes for a split second but nothing else, uninstalled, retried same thing so took it as a sign and removed.
WE are the standard
The stuff everyone else writes is wrong. Yes, we understand everyone else codes the same way, and they all interpret data the same way. But they're all wrong and we're right. Now that's been cleared that up, we just thought we'd mention that if your non-standard website isn't tagged correctly, you'll need to re-do all your work.
I know I'm not the only person that sees a small problem with this line of thinking. I know that there are at least 1 in every 1 reg reader sitting thinking "Wait a minute.." and a fair number of those have reached the conclusion that perhaps something doesn't smell right when a company claims its the only one following standards.
I'm also pretty sure I'm right in thinking that this same fair number are suggesting Microsoft can either write something that works or go fuck themselves.
Coat's already on, thanks
The Microsoft website's giant *orange* "Download Now" button reminds me of Ubuntu (ugh), not that that's meaningful aside from making me want to hurl. However the IE8 download was quite fast. Not that I'll use the damn thing after it's installed; it's only for testing.