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Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Get excited, but not yet.

The big news of the day is that Microsoft has committed to release a version of IE 7 for Windows XP (and possibly Windows 2000)!

Microsoft Press Release
IEBlog - Developer's Thoughts
Web Standards Project's take

The Good
Security. This will (in theory) make IE much more secure. Also, more users will benefit and quicker. Without this release, you would have to upgrade to Longhorn to gain any benefits. That would take a while, and many people won't want to pay.

The Worry
Standards. Here are a couple scenarios:
  1. Standards-compliance stays about the same. This really isn't much of an issue, though it would be disappointing. It would simply mean IE 7 is irrelevant and people keep switching to alternatives.
  2. Slightly better compliance. In my opinion, this is actually the worst option. If web developers have to add new hacks to filter out IE 7 bugs, it makes everyones' lives harder, and hurts the web.
  3. Almost Perfect. FireFox isn't perfect. Neither is Safari or Opera. They have two things in common: They are close to perfect, and they are working toward perfection. For IE 7 to be a competitor, it must follow standards competitively with FireFox. I'd welcome the competition - it would make all the browsers better.

The Possibility
IE 7 could leapfrog all the current browsers, and fully support CSS3, DOM 2, and other emerging standards. This would be amazing. I don't expect it.

This sounds like great news, but I'm still hesitant. Lets hope, when we see the beta this summer, that we're excited!


At 1:41 AM, Blogger treego14 said...

I just want MS to stop sending garbage to Opera users from their MS sites like MSNBC .... it is so childish for them to do this to Opera users over and over .... when will they grow up?

It seems like MS cannot stand a fair "fight."

Shame on you MS!

At 1:49 AM, Blogger Daniel said...


I read about that the other day for the first time.

I agree. Its stupid, silly, and childish.

I would guess a greater number of Opera users stop using MS sites than the other way around. That would be my solution...


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