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Old 03-19-2009, 03:31 PM   #1
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What do you think of the latest incarnation of the worlds most popular browser? I'm a chrome man myself, ex FF3 (still use for web development), ex IE6 (7 was what made me look elsewhere).

Can this repopularise IE? Will it make you change browser, or has MS taken to many liberties in the past?
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Old 03-19-2009, 04:42 PM   #2
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I've never liked IE...FF3 is WIN!!
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I just ran it up and whilst it is a little faster it still don't compete with Chrome or FF3. Sorry MS
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They are "trying" to be more standards compliant, but they just can't seem to resist the urge to put proprietary support in there. Although in 7 and in 8 you can create a gradient for a background using css without an image, which would be really sweet if it worked on something other than IE.
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 filter: progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.Gradient(endColorStr='#ffffff', startColorStr='#bFdCff', gradientType='1');
That won't work on anything but IE6+. It is nice though.
Try putting that in your CSS and check out the result, it's pretty sweet. (for best results make sure the element you're applying it to is a block-level element)

I haven't seen the public version yet, but the beta had a (switch to IE7 if this page looks broken mode... doesn't say much about their own confidence )

It's fine for what it does and as long as windows maintains the same market share that it does now (we'll see about that), IE will still be popular with home users who don't even know there is another way to view the interwhos.

With the introduction of chrome however, it will be interseting to see how microsoft will conform once developers stop caring about the users on IE. I don't think it's a bad product, I think that standards compliance is THE BEST way with open technologies to improve and advance. If they continue to make that part of their game-plan, it should begin to do quite well.

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It still does have a backwards compatibility style feature
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I tried the beta and though it was a big improvement on the embarrasingly bad IE7. It has some cool development features such as toggling the CSS items.
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I seriously Don't it will change me from using chrome, but I'm still excited to give it a shot...
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I wondered when it was going gold. Thanks for the info.
Sadly though it doesn't support CSS3.
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