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Is your site IE8 ready?

As many of you probably already know, with the introduction of Internet Explorer 8, web pages will be displayed in Internet Explorer 8’s standards mode by default. This decision was driven by Microsoft’s Interoperability Principles and their goal of helping developers in the long-run, by allowing them to write one set of code to run on all platforms. What this also means is that you should check to see if yours and your customer’s public websites are compatible with IE8.

Ensure public site compatibility

  • Check yours and your customer’s public sites for IE 8 site compatibility

If not compatible, we recommend for you to refer to the following actions and be ready for the launch of IE 8:

  • Visit the IE Compatibility Center and an article titled, “How do I fix my site today?”
  • Preferred: Revise site content to support the standards-compliant default view for web pages in Internet Explorer 8
    • Internet Explorer 8 supports the HTML 4.01 Specification more closely than any previous version and supports some features of the HTML 5 Specification. This release of Internet Explorer also offers full support for CSS 2.1 and supports some popular features of CSS 3.0.
    • For more information, please see
  • Alternative: Tell Internet Explorer 8 to display your site in Internet Explorer 7 mode
    • On a per-site basis, add the HTTP header:  X-UA-Compatible: IE=EmulateIE7
    • On a per-page basis, add a special HTML tag to each document, right after the <title> tag (and before any other tags following <title>): <meta http-equiv=”X-UA-Compatible” content=”IE=EmulateIE7″ />
  • For more information, please see

Here are some resources for you regarding IE8 to help you out:

Thank you and have a wonderful day,

Eric Ligman
Global Partner Experience Lead
Microsoft Worldwide Partner Group
This posting is provided “AS IS” with no warranties, and confers no rights

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