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[News] Internet Explorer 8 Fails on Web Standards, ODF Gains Another Vendor

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Internet Explorer 8 provides best web browsing experience

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| Wow! Now it says, "FAIL" in giant letters just to let you know that it does, 
| in fact, fail. It probably says that in the IE7 rendering as well, but it's 
| difficult to tell what with all the mangled distortion of crap way up there.  


Another Vendor to Fully Support ODF: GemBox Software

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| Furthermore, this demonstrates two existing IT trends. First one is wider 
| adoption of ODF. Second is replacement of old, proprietary document formats 
| with new, XML based, open and standardized document formats.   



Microsoft Removes Projectile-vomiting IE8 Ad From Web

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| An online ad for Internet Explorer 8 that showed a woman projectile vomiting
| has left such a bad taste in viewers' mouths that Microsoft has decided to
| remove it.


IE8's "Get the Facts Marketing Gets It Wrong

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| But this comparison table treats me like a moron, especially when you
| consider that I'm using Firefox and have pre-existing views on many items on
| the comparison table. Only IE8 gets a check for security, privacy, and ease
| of use? Really? At a minimum, Microsoft should have used Harvey Balls to show
| that the competitors have capabilities, which may not be as strong as IE8.
| Microsoft could have posted videos that show how easy it is to carry out a
| common task in IE8 and compare it to Firefox with the relevant add-on
| installed.


Microsoft IE8 Hype Is Beyond Belief

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| Internet Explorer 8 is a very good browser, especially when compared to IE7
| and (ugh) IE6. However, it still lags behind most of the other browsers in
| both performance and standards compliance. That doesn't seem to bother
| Microsoft, which has been pushing IE8 using hype that they rarely use even
| for Windows or Office.
| [...]
| There is no way that Microsoft can claim anything close to parity with
| standards compliance of the other major browsers. For example, IE8 retains a
| non-standard event model that does not get anywhere close to the W3C standard
| published in 2000. Just a few examples: Form elements don't bubble events.
| There is a global event object instead of an event argument passed to the
| handler. Rather than document.addEventListener, IE uses the non-standard
| document.attachEvent method.


Thinking about upgrading to IE8? Think twice

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| For example: One day last month Cringester D. L. discovered when he logged
| onto the Net, he couldn't get to his e-mail or view Web pages. He then
| enjoyed several quality hours on the phone with Dell tech support, which
| determined the cause: His daughter had clicked a button and updated the
| browser to IE8 without telling him. The support tech logged onto his computer
| remotely and downgraded it to IE7. Problems solved.


Collateral Damage & The Browser Wars

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| After I downloaded IE8 two weeks ago, my Sony audio programs got hung up and
| wouldn't load. When I went to the Microsoft and Sony sites and found no help,
| I decided I didn't need nuanced improvements to my web surfing, and did a
| system restore. Oops. Then IEx wouldn't run at all. Somehow, the update had
| destabilized somethingoranother. I was out of luck.


Windows 7 lets you remove Internet Explorer 8


Remove the Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant (ClickOnce) Firefox Extension


EU to oblige Microsoft to offer competitors’ browsers

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| The European Commission will require Microsoft to give users of its
| ubiquitous Windows operating system the opportunity to choose between
| different Internet browsers to avoid breaching EU competition rules, the
| bloc's antitrust spokesman told EurActiv.
| Background:
| Although the Commission is still officially waiting for a response from
| Microsoft to the complaints raised last January, the outcome of this new
| battle with the IT giant is already taking form.

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