Microsoft shows off RC1 of IE 8

Microsoft is moving full steam ahead with its newest browser IE 8. In a world once dominated by IE, Microsoft is now finding stiff competition. Firefox and now Chrome are starting to take a serious bite out of Microsoft's market share.

IE 8 which was shown off in its RC 1 flavor and shown to be feature complete. This means that Microsoft has locked down the code to new features and will only focus on refining and polishing its product.

Many of the features that were expected are still present including private mode, enhanced search functions, keyboard navigation and adaptive zoom. A few things were left out that are disappointing include javascript rendering enhancements and CSS compatibility.

The browser is still a solid advancement for the IE platform despite the lack of some features the competitors already incorporate. With the new browser one must wonder if it's too little to late; can this new browser regain the lost market share IE once held?

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Ha ha ha ha! Is this joke-of-the-day?

In a world once dominated by IE...
Oops! IE still has the largest browser share!!!

...Chrome [is] starting to take a serious bite out of Microsoft's market share.
Please! I almost spit coffee all over my screen I was laughing so hard! People deserve more credit than that! Chrome isn't even a blip on the radar.

can this new browser regain the lost market share IE once held?
The simple answer is No. Microsoft can't have the market share it had before because the EU would jump down their throat and accuse them of more crimes they didn't commit. Besides that, the biased anti-Microsoft people need options. FF had to be good enough to lure people away from IE, people aren't going to keep switching back and forth.

IE8 will be a great upgrade for all existing IE users.

Have they fixed PNG's with transparency to the point where if they're on the page moving around it won't be it super slow?

There's so many things IE needed to fix and hope (though doubt) they've fixed. I have their developers Virtual PC with IE8 Beta 2 and honestly didn't find anything to be all that excited about in my limited testing of it. And a 12/100 on the Acid3 test?! Come on ...

Does anyone else have tons of issues with RC1? I had to uninstall it, Beta 2 is much more stable. RC1 crashed every few minutes and caused other applications which use IE to display the content to throw out some messed up content.

I am hoping that IE8 is better than IE7 and a decent addon that blocks ads and removes all the whitespace.

Firefox is great, but the Awesome Bar is anything but, and it doesn't look like there will be option of going back to the old way without the use of extensions that really don't work like FF2 used to.

So.. I am looking to switch browsers after 4 years of Firefox, as it is going in a direction that I simply don't like and FF2 support is ending shortly.

IE8 will hopefully make a dent in the IE6 developed websites. Of course they can use those meta tags to force compatibility (IE7 mode). Being a web developer, I cannot wait until IE6 goes away.

I like FF3, Opera and Chrome.

A few things were left out that are disappointing include javascript rendering enhancements and CSS compatibility.

What? WHAT? Maybe I'm missing something, but that should be the top priority, unless it's ACID 3 related stuff changes....

Mathachew said,
What? WHAT? Maybe I'm missing something, but that should be the top priority, unless it's ACID 3 related stuff changes....

The quote is mostly false: they are two things that the IE team certainly worked on (JS and CSS 2.1).

Not to the extent of the other browsers, but they are tied by having to work with an older product and supporting older websites.

Manuroc said,
Chrome is not taking a serious bite out of IE's market share...

That's what i thought when reading the article.

I'm a Firefox user but i think IE8 will be very good.

hotdog963al said,
It should be! I find it at least double the speed of any other browser. Down with lag, Down with Lag!
Yet...

hotdog963al said,
It should be! I find it at least double the speed of any other browser. Down with lag, Down with Lag!

Then you have yet to try Firefox 3.1, Opera 9.62, Opera 10 alpha and Google Chrome 1.0