Internet Explorer 8 has been released

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Microsoft announced the launch of Inter­net Explor­er 8 yes­ter­day; I urge every­one to down­load it as soon as pos­si­ble, and to encour­age their friends to do like­wise — espe­cial­ly if their friends are using IE6. It’s great that we have anoth­er stan­dards-com­pli­ant brows­er on the mar­ket, and I hope that adop­tion is swift.

What I would real­ly like to see from Microsoft now is a series of iter­a­tive releas­es intro­duc­ing new stan­dards; rather than wait­ing three years for IE9, I would much rather wait one year for IE8.1. Gen­er­al man­ag­er, Dean Hachamovitch, has stat­ed that there is a com­mit­ment on their side as long as test suites exist, so I call on all brows­er mak­ers and stan­dards bod­ies to work togeth­er to achieve that.

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