Why IE8 wont use the Webkit rendering engine

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's statement on "considering using Webkit for Internet Explorer" has raised many speculations that IE8 may use Webkit. Here are the reasons why Mary-Jo Foley, who is otherwise called as 'Microsoft Watcher' thinks IE8 wont use the Webkit rendering engine:

  • IE8 is almost done
  • Microsoft is pushing test cases, not rendering engines
  • Microsoft is not "consider(ing) adopting WebKit for Internet Explorer."

She also adds that would it be feasible for Microsoft make WebKit a plug-in to IE? Would the company consider doing so with IE 9 (which, if Microsoft sticks to its current schedule, would be released in 2011 or so)?

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