Thursday, March 19, 2009

Internet Explorer 8 Gold Released

Internet Explorer 8
Microsoft today has launched Internet Explorer 8 Gold. For quite a while now, Microsoft is trying to fit in the browser war. But somehow I feel that Internet Explorer 8 has a long way to go before it can actually compete with the likes of Firefox.

The first and foremost reason that I would not like to use Internet Explorer 8 is because of it's strict adherence to coding standards. Although it's a commendable move , yet I would say it's dubious as most of the web is not build up adhering to these coding standards.

Internet Explorer 8 has a long list of such websites with compatibility issues. So, it comes with a "Compatibility View" button, that will “fix” a seemingly incompatible site if the user knows to press it. In January, Microsoft added a downloadable list of sites that would automatically trigger IE 8 to move directly to compatibility mode, rather than standards mode. This list of compatible sites is being updated regularly.

But my point is how would I know whether a site, which is not on the Internet Explorer 8 compatibility list, is being displayed properly on not? So, like Mary-Jo Foley says, I would have to click on the Compatibility View button for every site I visit just to check whether I am missing something on-screen or not! I really don't think that Internet Explorer 8 and I would click.

And the best part is, along with many other reputable sites like,, eBay, Facebook,, and being on the list, itself is on the Compatibility list! It's quite a lot to say that their own site does not work on their own browser.

And then there are age old issues like lack of Firefox-like extensions, speed etc. which also plays quite a part in hampering the usability of Internet Explorer 8. Overall, I would stick to my Firefox, but would you like to give Internet Explorer 8 a try? If you really want to, than below are the links to the press release and download page. But before that, don't forget to subscribe to The Chronicles of R to remain updated about such news, views and reviews from the world of technology, literature and entertainment.

Press release


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