IE8 now available for download

posted Saturday, March 21st, 2009 at 8:15 pm by

Internet Explorer

Version 8 of Windows Internet Explorer is ready for download. IE8 thankfully promises to be more standards compliant than predecessors and as a result features a “Compatibility View” button to account for sites optimised for legacy versions of the IE render engine.

IE8 offers developers the opertunity to force IE8 to use the IE7 render engine. Handy if you haven’t got time or just can’t be bothered deal with yet another set of IE rendering bugs. As a web developer you’re unlikely to see any advantage to IE becoming more standards compliant for a number of years or at least until IE6 and 7 fall of of use (probably several years). You can force the emulation of IE7 by adding this meta tag to the header of your page:

<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=EmulateIE7" />

Google also released the latest beta of their Windows browser Google Chrome this week which is ready for download on their website.

At the Pwn2Own hacking competition this week Safari, IE 8, and Firefox were all exploited on the first day of the competition.

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