Already behind Mozilla's Firefox 3.0 in terms of the development process, Microsoft plans nothing spectacular for the IE8 GUI. The first taste of Internet Explorer 8, despite bringing to the table redesigned visual details, features only anodyne changes, and no accurate clue as to where Microsoft is moving with the final visual style of the browser. In comparison, Mozilla has already implemented the redesign of the Firefox 3.0 graphical user interface as of Beta 4.
IE8 Beta 1 "is primarily focused at web developers and designers, and it is the first beta, so as you can imagine, there's a lot that we're going to have done on this. A lot of the end user, or consumer features really are not surfaced in this build necessarily, because it is really targeted toward the developers and designers," stated Matthew Lapsen, IE Product Manager for Channel 10, and you can see this via the first video embedded at the bottom of this article.
But at the same time, Lapsen informed that Microsoft will not go aver the top with the redesign of IE8's user interface. Now, according to Dean Hachamovitch General Manager Internet Explorer, IE8 Beta 2 will have much more to offer for the consumers, and in this context it also could offer a more complete preview of what the final UI IE8 will end up with. But whatever it will be, Microsoft means not to shock IE users.
"But the key is also, we're not saying that there's going to be huge, landmark changes in the UI either, obviously we want to have continuity with new functionality as well. So we don't want to shock out users with a whole bunch of changes," Lapsen added.
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