Microsoft IE 8 Beta 2 Coming! Are your websites ready?

Hi All,

Ensuring your website is ready for Internet Explorer 8

Consistent with our efforts to promote further interoperability across the Web, Microsoft will be releasing Internet Explorer 8 to render content in its most standards-compliant way by default.  Giving top priority to Web standards interoperability allows us to help web developers and designers drive toward the ideal of “write once, run anywhere”, freeing up more time to innovate rather than modify content for different browsers.  This commitment also addresses several development and design pain points from previous Internet Explorer releases.

However, browsing with this default setting may cause content written for previous versions of Internet Explorer to display differently than intended.  This creates a call to action for site owners to ensure their content will continue to display seamlessly in Internet Explorer 8.  As such, we have provided a meta-tag usable on a per-page or per-site level to maintain backwards compatibility with Internet Explorer 7.  Adding this tag instructs Internet Explorer 8 to render content like it did in Internet Explorer 7, without requiring any additional changes.

We are encouraging site administrators to get their sites ready now for broad adoption of Internet Explorer 8, as there will be a beta release in the third quarter of this year targeted for all consumers.  To learn more and get started, please follow the step-by-step instructions located at the following link: .

Additional Resources

The following links provide additional information you may find useful:

· Internet Explorer 8 main site:

· Internet Explorer Team Blog:

· Internet Explorer Developer Center:

· Internet Explorer 8 Readiness Toolkit (for web designers and developers):

· Microsoft Interoperability Principles:


Comments (5)
  1. News says:

    Hi All, Ensuring your website is ready for Internet Explorer 8 Consistent with our efforts to promote

  2. Xepol says:

    I wonder if google maps is ready. I went crazy on IE 8 beta 1.

    Mind you, live has more detailed, more upto date maps where I have looked, so that is less of an issue (now if only they would copy the URL to this point concept, it would be a dead lock instead of a huge pain)

  3. Nick MacKechnie of Microsoft New Zealand says we can expect the next IE 8 beta in the third quarter of

  4. barlog says:

    bliss イメージが強い Microsoft New Zealand の Nick MacKechnie ブログより Microsoft IE 8 Beta …

  5. I was reading up about IE8 Beta 2 yesterday, and I came across an interesting post about how ActiveX

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