Internet Explorer (IE 8) 8 (Codename IE.next) Stuff

By | June 24, 2007 | 6 Comments

While all the companies are developing their “future” web browsers like Firefox 3, Safari 3, Opera 10, Netscape (not sure if they are developing version 10 or 9.5) Microsoft is currently working on their new project, as you know it’s Internet Explorer 8, codename IE.next.

Microsoft is still not talking very much about Internet Explorer (IE8) 8 features, but as far as I know new version will feature JavaScript improvements and something called “Web Assistant” (not confirmed) (??? Office Assistant Clone ???) which would help users to find all the needed stuff much faster and more accurate. It was also said, that they will spend more time with layout and adhering to the Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) 2.1 specifications (hey, where’s CSS 3?).

According to Microsoft, we should see new IE.next Beta after Windows Vista Service Pack 1 release.

What can we expect from this new release? I am not really sure, IE7 started to show some web pages differently than IE6 did (web developers pain), but Microsoft said that new Internet Explorer 8 should render them as IE7 did (or they are trying to do that).

I still don’t think that it will be “a big bang” in web browsers world, it’s bit too late to catch that train now, there are so many great and much better browsers, but who knows… We are waiting.


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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.

  • Lars

    Hint: Opera is NOT developed by Netscape

  • http://www.favbrowser.com Vygantas Lipskas

    Yes, I meant Opera 10, Netscape 9.5 or 10 (not sure if they are developing).

    Sorry for confusion.

  • http://www.favbrowser.com Vygantas Lipskas

    Rewrote that sentence, thanks for your help.

  • Justin Anthony Knapp

    The current version of Netscape is 9.0b1 (user agent string: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.8.1.5pre) Gecko/20070604 Firefox/2.0.0.4 Navigator/9.0b1) http://browser.netscape.com/ I have not read of any plans for NN 10.

  • http://www.favbrowser.com Vygantas Lipskas

    Do you know what next “Grand” release it will be? 9.5 or 10?

  • smiah

    I require ”Internet Explorer (IE 8) for Service Pack 1