Welcome 2010!

Happy N'e' (IE logo)w Year!

Comments (55)

  1. Anonymous says:

    IE – worst internet browser since 1994. Thanks for nothing.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I don’t agree with you goodybe. I’m using all browsers that are available for my job and must say that ie works best for me.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Happy New Year from Vietnam SEO team!

    I’m using IE8 and wondering which is the exact time to launch IE 9 guys?

  4. Interframe says:

    And let’s hope IE 9 is awesome and gets released this year with Windows 7 SP1. 🙂

  5. dlh2009 says:

    I agree with Interframe.  IE9 would be a great gift for the New Year!

  6. blah says:

    Thanks, but it will take unprecedented improvement on your part to make a happy 2010 for webkids.

  7. David Oliver says:

    Happy New Year to you, too, IE team.

    If you want 2010 to be happy for me, please release a browser that supports CSS3 (properly), WOFF and XHTML.

  8. Chas4 says:

    Now if own web devopers started to write in web standards instaed of IE only (IE 7 and below) coded that would be great.  Can the IE team get soemthing to tell the writers to use web stadrds?

  9. Steph says:

    "Can the IE team get soemthing to tell the writers to use web stadrds?"

    ROFL, As if the IE team knows anything about web standards.

  10. Jorge says:

    Happy New Year 2010 to you too, IE Team!

    I hope you can improve IE and release IE9 this year, I’m testing Google Chrome vs Firefox vs IE8 and I feel that Chrome is the winner!

    I used to be a IE fan, but other browsers are sending me a wink 😉 I hope IE9 could conquer my heart again 😀

    Best wishes from Peru!

  11. mogden says:

    Let’s hope that this year brings an IE that’s actually a pleasure to develop for, due to its market-leading implementation of web standards like CSS3, SVG, XHTML, HTML5, and so on…  a web developer can dream, can’t I?

  12. Gaurav says:

    Happy new year!

    If it isn’t too much trouble, I’d like to get an update on progress of IE9. And maybe some idea about whether there will be improvements to DOM support.

  13. jeff2034 says:

    Hi !! Happy new year and long life to ie team 🙂

  14. jeff2034 says:

    Hi !!! Happy new year !! and long life to the ie team !

  15. hd says:

    Happy New Year

    Looking Forward for the best browser release ever!

    Feature request 1: Great feedback loop, so we could engineer ie9 together

  16. Ooh says:

    @hd: What’s wrong with Connect? It has been around for almost 4 years now.


  17. kevin says:

    Hi !!! Happy new year !! and long life to the ie team !

  18. mahmoud says:

    happy new year IE team,

    waiting for IE9

  19. David says:

    Thanks! Happy NIE logow Year you too!

  20. L. says:

    Happy New Year, too, and best wishes for 2010!

    We are all eagerly waiting for ie9, as you can see.  Make it a great browser, please!

  21. Mike says:

    Is the (R) "registered" character even worth it if it’s been resized into a blur of black pixels?

  22. Happy new year and happy new decade to the IE team and fellow web designers. 🙂

    Looking forward to testing the first beta of IE9.

  23. IEFan says:

    ¡Feliz Año Nuevo, IETeam!

    Love IE8 (though Chrome is looking interesting) and can’t wait for the next version. Hopefully y’all release a 8.x version before IE9.

  24. someone says:

    Hey I have a problem with IE8 only on Windows 7 and not on XP. Basically I use an app called "TrayIt" which can send programs to the notification area. When I download files using IE8, I send the IE8 download window to the tray by right clicking on the Close button. But this does not work with IE8 on Windows 7 32-bit although this works perfectly with IE8 on Windows XP. Please rectify this/fix this incompatibility. Why is the IE8 download window on Windows 7 non-standard?

  25. SpeedUpIE says:

    Will IE in 2010 start with DNS prefetching to speed up page loads ?

  26. donald says:

    Happy 2010!

    Yeee haw! 2010! The year IE6 finally goes away!

    Just turned off all support for IE6 on the 3 web properties I own.  Visitors are now prompted to upgrade IE or upgrade to a better browser like Chrome or Firefox.

    On the additional-plus side I was able to massively clean up my CSS and JavaScript code to strip out all kinds of IE hack-tacular garbage. 😉

    Can’t wait till IE9 is released and we can drop IE7 too!

  27. tiffany says:

    i just want to comment about IE 7 sometime when i want to loading the page it will jam then close all my loading page. However, there are some page that i want to go thru it doesn’t load. I hope that IE can be more improve.

  28. @SpeedUpIE: Actually, IE8 already does some DNS pre-fetching.

  29. Steve says:

    I hope IE 9 is released in the 6 months!…  and I hope it has an auto update… an auto update like all the other browsers… So you can feed out updates…  And to solve the IE 6 problem once and for all…  

  30. someone says:

    Another bug is if you set the system date behind by 1 day to "view the history by order visted today" (as in the history by order visted the previous day) IE8 simply crashes and clears/resets the entire history whereas IE7/IE6 showed the history of the previous day if it had not been cleared. Often it happens that after 0:00 (the next day) I am unable to view the history of the previous day BY ORDER MOST VISITED (I know I can always view history by date but order most visited or order visited on a specific day is more useful) so IE should not crash when setting the date 1 day back.

  31. hAl says:


    What does "some DNS prefetching" mean exactly and is the IE team going to expand that to full multithreaded DNS fetching.

  32. "Happy NIE logow Year" to you guys too!

    2010, definitely not the year of accessibility.

  33. @David: Screen readers read this post just fine; if you’re having a problem with yours, can you please let us know which one you’re using?

    @hAl: I don’t know what you mean by "full multithreaded" DNS fetching, but all pre-fetching already occurs in the background. I’ll try to do a post on how IE8 does prefetching over on the IEInternals blog in a bit.

    @Someone: I am not able to reproduce any "crash" when changing the system clock. Can you provide a step-by-step list of instructions that cause a crash?

    @Steve: Internet Explorer updates are made available via WindowsUpdate, the same system that is used to install security and stability patches for Windows itself.

  34. Greg says:

    Any chance we’ll see updated IE8 that prints what you see on the web page rather than refetching the page.  Refetching the page will often undo all of the javascript enabled checkboxes, buttons, etc. that you have clicked on.  

    Save as a tiff or pdf with tiff images inside of it would be nice as well.

  35. Printer says:

    Greg, the pages don’t redownload unless the caching headers say they should. I don’t know if that means that AJAX stuff won’t get reset if not redownloaded though.

    As for saving to an image file: Most PDF programs (e.g. Acrobat) will install themselves as a printer driver so you can do exactly that. If you have Office 2007, you’ll see the XPS printer driver is installed that lets you save pages as a WYSIWYG XPS file.

  36. TwK says:

    New year with iexplore ?

    Why not…

    HAPPY NEW YEAR 1910 !

    Owww… amidoingitwrong ? :]

  37. John Booty says:

    Considering how much misery IE has caused me in my web development career, it’s almost insulting to see this post.

    Kudos for the rapid improvement in web standards support shown between IE7 and IE8.  You’ll need another major release or two with the same level of improvement to be considered a modern browser.

  38. Mitch 74 says:

    @EricLaw: I don’t think that screen readers do text recognition on image files! Since the ‘IE logo’ alt section is ‘IE logo’, screen readers will read ‘Happy N-IE logo-w Year!’ – which is meaningless.

    It is, also, an inappropriate use of the ‘alt’ attribute: for images that contain text (as is the case here, with the ‘e’ logo intended to be used as ‘e’ letter), ‘alt’ should cite said text (alt="e"); the image’s description should be found in the ‘longdesc’ (longdesc="IE logo") attribute.

  39. Mitch 74 says:

    Ouch – small error. The ‘longdesc’ attribute must contain an URI as value; the URI is to point to a text file that contains the actual description.


    LONGDESC is not supported in IE at all. Firefox doesn’t provide a GUI to its content by default (only a ‘description’ in the image’s extended properties), but the Longdesc extension does.

  40. Blind, not stupid says:

    this post is completely understandable with a screen reader. find something else to complain about.

  41. Dave M says:

    I wish you a Happy New Year also.

    I have one request for the IE team for 2010.  Can you fix IE’s Memory Management structure so that it doesn’t have to have things in the physical memory always.  What I am getting at here is that the pagefault issues that IE has, due to it’s own core and not to other .ocx or .dll files, cripples it in many cases when it comes to advanced websites.  I have seen different MS postings concerning this issue, which has been around since the Win95 days, which blame it on other companies files being corrupted and the like.  However, the problem shows within Microsofts own files as well (excel among others).  If it truly is not the IE Core at fault,  is there not a way to overcome this so that a site that functions beautifully in every other browser does not have a minimum of 25-50% degrade in performance as soon as it is loaded up in IE(Note: I did not put a version here because it degrades in performance in any IE even in IE8 compatibility mode) due to a minimum of 300 page faults per second which I am guessing are happening due to large amounts of graphic usage in memory.

    Please just fix it.  As a developer I am close to closing out IE users because I have to give a trimmed down version of the same site because IE can not handle it.  I do not appreciate having to deliver what I feel is sub-par quality because the browser can not handle the good stuff, a sentiment that I am certain many other developers in the world share.

  42. Happy New Year too !!!

    Looking forward to see how the Web will evolve this year.

  43. Steve says:

    @EricLaw – Hi =O)

    Then how come you don’t just feed out updates like CSS border-radius support. Or CSS box-shadow support?  This way we don’t have to wait 12-48 months for a new version to come out?

  44. EricLaw [MSFT] says:

    Steve, time and again, web developers and users have told us that platform stability is very important to them. Adding new platform features to already-released browsers would be contrary to their interests and cause a wide variety of problems.

    We are eager (and working hard) to get IE9 into the hands of developers so that they can take advantage of its improved standards support and other goodies.

  45. mikec982 says:

    Happy new year and happy new decade to the IE team and fellow web designers.

  46. Huns Warst says:

    This logo would surely look good in SVG…

    (last years too)

  47. Steve says:

    @Eric — But all the other browser seem to do it with no customer complaints or problems?  and they have super fast upgrade rate…

    The problem is not getting it in the hands of the developers faster…

    The problem you have is getting the consumers to evolve with technology in a way that is usable, easy, has minimal interference with their daily activities, makes them happy with the end result, and excited for future upgrades….  

    you keep failing miserably at this….  that is why IE 6 is still around… and why when I don’t look forward to upgrading my XP… but look forward to upgrading my mac…

  48. iPhoneKönig says:

    Happy new year and happy new decade to the IE team and fellow web designers.


  49. Florent V. says:


    As others have pointed out, the alt text for the IE logo in this post is wrong. Alt text should not say what the image IS, it should say what the image is ABOUT.

    Right now the contents of this post still reads "Happy NIE Logow Year!" Some users have commented that they don’t have a problem with that, which is great, but it’s still a flaw which will impediment some users.

    Additionally, when you put an image (or any tag) inside a word, a screen reader will not understand that it’s supposed to be a word, and will read the parts separately. So even if the alt text was right (alt="e"), it would be read: "Happy — ehn — ee — double-you — year". Which would be decent but could be better.

    The right solution would be to have all the "New" word as a single image. Which means that, in order to get typographic cohesion, you would probably need to create the whole sentence as a single image, thus: <img alt="Happy New Year!">. Or maybe: <img alt="Happy New Year With Internet Explorer!">.

  50. Bored says:

    forlent, which users do you suppose this issue "will impediment" [sic]? (The fact that you’re wearing glasses in photos on your flikr feed suggest that you yourself are not blind).

    I don’t think anyone cares about this fluff post, and if you think this ALT text is even slightly confusing when compared to the majority of sites as read by a screenreader, you clearly have never used one.

  51. Sean says:

    @Steve, other browsers have problems with upgrades too! I can’t upgrade to FF3.5 (it always crashes when I try to start it), and I like ff3.0 better. Unfortunately, FF will drop support soon and force me to upgrade, so I’ll probably move to Chrome or Opera.

    I used to like and use Opera, but they don’t even really try to keep compatibility from version to version, and after I bought Opera (they used to charge for it) and spent hours and hours customizing it, I upgrade to the next version and they blew all of my customizations away.

    You should spend some time looking at the breaking changes lists and the bug databases of other browsers before you suggest that it’s all sweetness and light everywhere else.

    And let’s not even talk about the workplace, where FF and other browsers won’t even work at all on our intranet sites…

  52. Florent V. says:

    @Sean, it’s true that the fast pace of version upgrades and support dropping for other browsers has its flaws. It works for most (not all) home users, but might be a problem in the workplace.

    The fact that only IE (and, often, specific versions of IE) works for many corporate intranet sites is a different matter, though.

    @Bored, thank you for replying using such a nice and engaging nickname, and sorry about the language mistake. The reason i wrote the comment you found boring was that i am a front-end developer (i code HTML for food), and i thought this was an opportunity to remind fellow coders of some technical details and good practice regarding alt text.

    I’m not blind and i rarely use screen readers. But i do have some knowledge of HTML and how screen readers react to it. The issue i commented on was not a big one, but i hoped that my comment might help a few fellow coders learn a few things.

  53. Steve says:


    I will look at the bug logs… for me the browser upgrades it self no problem and it is super friendly… Same goes for when I upgrade my Mac OS or safari on mac…  When I upgrade my Microsoft OS it takes me hours and it a total time suck…

    Why does FF not work on your intranet?  because it is sharepoint?  sharepoint is a MS product only designed for IE… and if you look at the html in share point it all super nested tables and overly cluttered CSS… Another nightmare product that forced me to work over the 2 holidays because it is such a piece of junky…

    Your intranet not working in FF is probably because the developer that developed the website is still stuck in the 2000-2005 era of web development… not because of the browser.

    I don’t know… I have used all the browsers for the past 15 years and many different OS over the past 15 years…  and the one that has been the most convenient that helps me get my job done the fastest and more efficient has been this set up.

    – Mac OS…

    – Safari with debug turned on for CSS development…

    – FF with firebug for javascript development…

    – Dreamweaver…  

    I would try visual studio more frequently… but they don’t make it for mac… and it is pain to fire up fusion every-time I want to develop…

    Plus i haven’t found a good and dirty way to "gets" and "puts" in visual studio…

  54. Star Config Web Design Sydney says:

    Happy new year to Internet Explorer team as well, all the best in 2010 with a lot success.

  55. Ze flash says:

    Happy new year to all the team 🙂