Internet Explorer 8 Coming in First Half of 2008, hints Microsoft

IE8 Coming Soon Microsoft is planning to launch IE’s latest version called Internet Explorer 8. The new browser has already passed Acid2 Browser Test undertaken by Web standards test ensuring the application maintains certain standard.

Microsoft had launched its current version IE7 last year in October with the intention to cope up with Web Standards. However, websites that were created for older versions of IE didn’t work properly on IE7.

With the new version of the web browser, Microsoft is hoping to have found out the solution for the same problem.

“The key goal (for the Web Standards Project as well as many other groups and individuals) is interoperability. As a developer, I’d prefer to not have to write the same site multiple times for different browsers. Standards are a (critical!) means to this end, and we focus on the standards that will help actual, real-world interoperability the most. As a consumer and a developer, I expect stuff to just work, and I also expect backwards compatibility. When I get a new version of my current browser, I expect all the sites that worked before will still work,” said Dean Hachamovitch, a Microsoft general manager IE team.

“With respect to standards and interoperability, our goal in developing Internet Explorer 8 is to support the right set of standards with excellent implementations and do so without breaking the existing Web,” Hachamovitch wrote further.

Microsoft is expected to release Internet Explorer 8 in the first half of 2008.