Internet Explorer 8 is Out
If you hear a faint chorus of cheers through the air ducts, that would web designers around the world heralding the arrival of Internet Explorer 8.
Of course, the celebration by web developers over the IE 8 release really is more about IE 6. With IE 6 now two releases out of date, nagging users to upgrade and dropping IE 6 hacking of your sites becomes a much more palatable option. Which doesn’t mean, as Fab from Linux Outlaws jokingly said, a giant banner screaming “GET THE HELL OFF MY WEB SITE!” at IE6 users.
But a notice indicating a site hasn’t been tested with IE6 and links to the IE8 upgrade page (and maybe some other browser download links) is now, in my opinion, within bounds. And if you didn’t explicitly hack your site for IE6, the IE6 user will also be encouraged to upgrade when your site is rendered as a giant pile of awful.
On a side note, there are rumors circulating that IE8 may be the last IE release on the Trident engine. Earlier there were rumors about WebKit replacing trident, and now there’s talk of an experimental engine called Gazelle (PDF) taking the reigns. It will be interesting to see where Microsoft goes with their browser in the next few years.