Internet Explorer 6 debuted on 27 August 2001. Internet Explorer 7 took a mere five years (!) to follow, launching on 18 October 2006. Using this information we can garner that IE8 will appear in…
…Q2 2008 - according to Microsoft.
Yes I find it virtually impossible to believe either, but according to a new post on the official 'IEBlog' a beta of the browser will surface in the first half of next year. So what can we expect?
If Microsoft hits its deadlines (and IE7, Vista and Office enthuse us with virtually no faith) one thing is clear: it won't be the vast overhaul we saw between IE6 and IE7. Instead the major focus will be on 'Acid2' compatibility.
For those who haven't heard of Acid2 before it is effectively a test used to check whether a browser will work with multiple web standards across a variety of features and platforms. In short, everything should look and operate correctly on virtually any web page from any country, encoded on any system - it's a big challenge. Needless to say, IE7 fails Acid2 and so does Firefox 2 (though v3.0 beta 2 passes).
Aside essentially working, IE8 otherwise stands to be the usual fare of performance tweaks and security upgrades. Nope Mozilla fans, go back to sleep IE8 isn't going Open Source anytime soon…