While Internet Explorer 7 had only one good feature (are you curious now?), the upcoming Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) is slowly becoming a real web browser. But is it enough?
Web developers doomed IE7. Hours of wasted time, checking… Yes, it still breaks a web. Let’s do more coding… It took a while for Microsoft to realize that it’s a good thing for any web browser to support web standards. Internet Explorer 8 is their 1st correct step in building friendly relationships with web developers. Hope it will not break the web (again).
Is IE8 Really Different?
The upcoming Internet Explorer 8 browser is probably one of the most awaited releases. And it’s not only because of some great features such as search suggestions, visual search, tab grouping, web slices and many more… (most of them were already integrated to Firefox, Safari, Opera long time ago) but due to web standards support and the way Microsoft thinks now on what IE should really be.
Microsoft learned from Windows Vista release (one of the worst releases ever?) and began Windows 7 development which will fix what makes Vista so bad. Performance, annoying messages, compatibility (Windows 7 will use same core), etc.
Same for Internet Explorer, 7th release was bad. They have realized that and started to develop IE8. Is it any good? It supports web standards, it is much faster and more user friendly (in terms of web experience) and it’s finally a web browser. So to answer this topic question… It’s too early for any final conclusions, but I do believe that IE8 is going to be a really pleasant web browser and can drastically slow down Internet Explorer market share losing. It can’t win this battle because it’s the 1st release only. However, Microsoft made a first right step and it’s a good thing.
There is 1 more thing which MS should learn… It’s a development cycle. With the budget like that it makes you wonder why they are developing IE so slowly. It’s not Windows and neither Office where users can wait few years for the next release. There are some strong competitors out there. Fix this and you are ready to go.
Internet Explorer 7 Good Feature?
So what about that good Internet Explorer 7 feature? It is market share losing.
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Vygantas is a former web designer whose projects are used by companies such as AMD, NVIDIA and departed Westood Studios. Being passionate about software, Vygantas began his journalism career back in 2007 when he founded FavBrowser.com. Having said that, he is also an adrenaline junkie who enjoys good books, fitness activities and Forex trading.