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Internet Explorer on Xbox 360

The Xbox 360 soft­ware update is due to roll out today, and among the many new fea­tures brings an Inter­net Explor­er app, let­ting you browse the web on your TV (if you’re an Xbox Live Gold mem­ber). I was part of the Beta test pro­gramme and have been using Xbox IE for a few months, so here fol­low some of my thoughts, in a kind of review. Apolo­gies in advance for the crap­py photos.

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On Internet Explorer and Microsoft

I’m not a blind Microsoft-bash­er, nei­ther am I an MS fan­boy (in fact, I think the whole idea of align­ing your­self with any sin­gle tech­nol­o­gy or brand is pret­ty nar­row-mind­ed). I think MS do some things well, and some things poor­ly. I am going to have a bit of a pop at them at the end of this arti­cle, but I’m going to start by defend­ing them.

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HTML5 block-level link bug in IE7+

HTML5 allows the use of block ele­ments inside the a tag, which was not per­mit­ted in HTML4. This means that you can wrap a link around whole sec­tions of markup, mak­ing all of the child ele­ments of the a become the link. You use it like so:

<a href="">
    <h3>I'm an example</h3>

You can begin to use this straight away, as every brows­er sup­ports it — although you must be wary of one rather glar­ing bug in Inter­net Explorer.

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Internet Explorer 8 has been released

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.

IE8 RC1 is available

The Inter­net Explor­er team have announced the (first?) release can­di­date of IE8 (down­load it here). I used it briefly last night and it seems per­fect­ly sta­ble; I doubt it will change much (if at all) before the final version.

If you know any­one who uses IE as their pri­ma­ry brows­er, encour­age them to update as soon as pos­si­ble; we need to get every­one onto stan­dards-com­pli­ant browsers so we can stop wast­ing time pan­der­ing to IE6.

Microsoft ‘may consider’ Webkit in IE

Steve Ballmer has said that Microsoft “may look at” using Webkit in future ver­sions of Inter­net Explor­er (con­tra­dict­ing Chris Wilson’s state­ment last year that they would­n’t). I real­ly can’t see it; at least, not in the near future. Per­haps for Win­dows Mobile, as Webkit is prov­ing itself in the mobile space, but almost cer­tain­ly not on the desktop.



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