Microsoft sends out IE8 Feature Survey E-mail

Microsoft has sent out an e-mail entitled "IE8 Feature Survey is Now Available!" to all Tech Beta participants. The company has emphasized that the e-mail has been sent out to many but that a smaller group will be doing the hands-on testing of the new release. The e-mail states that Microsoft is in the "planning phase" which could mean anything from being at the drawing board or at the point where the software giant is simply interested in adding on features. Microsoft asks for "which customizations and performance scenarios need to be improved upon in IE8." The 59-question survey hosted at Microsoft's Connect website is curious in everyone's favorites and RSS usage, going as far as requesting for exported versions. A screenshot of the user's customized primary browser, not necessarily Internet Explorer, is also welcome.

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I am very pro Firefox too and the single most useful extension to me is Adblock Plus. Until that is in IE, I will continue to use FF for everything that doesn't *require* IE.

I am very pro firefox, but I still think that IE does a great job at its primary function which is displaying webpages. If had to make a request it would be for two things, more standards compliant to make things easier for the web designers of the world who do not program using frontpage, and want to write a page or site that is cross-browser compliant. And my second request is a very simple one. I would like all the toolbars and layout features to be fully customizable. When I use FF, I have all the nav buttons, address bar and search bar all moved up to the menu bar so that my viewable space is maximized. It is a simple thing, but one that has always frustrated me about IE, half your web viewing space is taken up by menu bar after menu bar.

Believe it or not to all the ff/opera fanboys the majority of internet users only use browsers to view webpages

give them a browser that works on almost every page and flash and they won't even look for others.


this survey is for those who want extra features, for the people that would actually use them. its one thing for IE to put in heaps of features and then it gets bloated, but to put in features that people will use once they see them is a different thing.

so long as IE comes with Windows it will always have the majority of the market share

Work on the rendering engine first. Once that is done, continue on with the bells and whistles. It is and HTML browser, and if it does not render HTML correctly then what do I care if it has an RSS reader or not. Its like a Porshe with blown tires. Yeah, I can still drive around, slow and hard as it may be, and look kinda cool; but I would much rather be in a working Civic.

Again.......... to those Pro IE. ( Although i am not a Firefox / Opera fans either )
That says Acid 2 is useless ( It is not THE only test to check, but it is definitely not useless )

Please spend a few weeks in you life doing web programming.

Best support possible of XHTML 1.0/1.1, CSS1/2 and XML. The rendering engine should not display any sort of incorrect code with XHTML 1.0 strict and XHTML 1.1 webpages. Preliminary Support for XHTML 2.0, as well.

the ability to download entire pages, link collections, or image collections to disk.
smaller memory footprint

A d/l manager would be good, also spell checking. It's especially important to have features without bloat. Maybe free addons (like FF) and 2 or 3 extra MS-signed themes (similar to FF) would be good.

Stop developing IE and let Opera and Firefox take over. Those developers actually care about user satisfaction and security.

And here come the anti-IE fanboys...

IE, especially at version 7, is actually fairly good if you want to believe it. It's secure with a little knowledge, there's a plug-in selection bringing in Firefox features, and it STILL maintains full compatibility to everything on the internet

billyea said,
And here come the anti-IE fanboys...

IE, especially at version 7, is actually fairly good if you want to believe it. It's secure with a little knowledge, there's a plug-in selection bringing in Firefox features, and it STILL maintains full compatibility to everything on the internet


Hah! You just think it's compatible with "everything on the internet" because a lot of web developers use MS products that are specificly written to not be standards-compliant. That is, MS wrote it's own, proprietary, standards, implemented them in IE and Office, and said "screw you" to the real international standards.
As for your assertion that IE has all the features of Firefox: O 'Really? Where's the in-line webform spellchcking? Where's the extension support? Where's the Gecko rendering engine?
Open Source = :)
MS =

Where's the in-line webform spellchcking?

http://www.iespell.com/


Where's the extension support?

Tools >> Manage Add-ons?


Where's the Gecko rendering engine?

From an end users point of view the IE rendering engine is better as its more wide spread :P (note: my specific use of end user and not web developer)

smellyhippy said,
Where's the in-line webform spellchcking?

http://www.iespell.com/


Where's the extension support?

Tools >> Manage Add-ons?


Where's the Gecko rendering engine?

From an end users point of view the IE rendering engine is better as its more wide spread :P (note: my specific use of end user and not web developer)


iespell isn't built into IE. Firefox, on the other hand, already has it spell checking built in.
The only (and I mean only) reason IE is widespread is that it comes installed with Windows by default.

they need to concentrate on increasing standards compatability. needs to pass acid test 2, firefox 3 will be pretty much perfect, IE7 is quite a way behind, so get your skates on MS, im hoping for IE8 by december.

Acid 2 is useless.

Firefox 3 won't be perfect. Firefox definitely does not render perfectly, I am a big fan of Firefox, but please don't kid yourself.

And IE8 very likely won't be out by December 2007.

xxdesmus said,
Acid 2 is useless.

Firefox 3 won't be perfect. Firefox definitely does not render perfectly, I am a big fan of Firefox, but please don't kid yourself.

And IE8 very likely won't be out by December 2007.

What the hell? This is about bettering IE. I too am a big fan of Firefox, but I wouldn't mind having an awesome, feature-filled, quality browser installed alongside Firefox (considering the piece of crap that is IE7). I mean, I still have to use IE every now and then when doing school work as well, so why not?

But hey, if you don't want competition that pushes all the other browsers to improve/add features, that's your deal. I, however, am certain that this will only push Opera and Firefox to do even better things with what they have already. No need to be a stupid troll.