Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 vs Mozilla Firefox 3.0 Beta 4

Those that have been writing websites for some time remember all too well the period of time when Microsoft over took Netscape's lead in the web browser market, by giving Internet Explorer away for free (and integrating it into the Windows Operating System). The problem, that went on for many years, was that the two […]

Those that have been writing websites for some time remember all too well the period of time when Microsoft over took Netscape's lead in the web browser market, by giving Internet Explorer away for free (and integrating it into the Windows Operating System).

The problem, that went on for many years, was that the two browsers rendered web pages differently, and web designers were literally forced to create two copies of their websites and use detection javascript to send you to the right page for the browser you were using.

It was, at the very least, a serious pain!

Internet Explorer 8 is in the wings. Beta testers (a small exclusive group) have IE 8 Beta 1 now and it is expected to be previewed at MIX08. This is one of the few times I can remember not receiving a significant Beta invite from Microsoft. The tentative reply is it WILL be available to developers shortly after Mix08. Guess it's a deep dark secret until Wednesday??

In the meantime, I've been messing (don't do this unless you have a dedicated beta box) with the nightly builds of Firefox 3.0B4 (Codenamed: Minefield), expected to be the final Beta.

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