Internet Explorer 8 is on the Horizon

The focus at Mix’07 has mainly been Microsoft Silverlight, the only other thing I can remember off of the top of my head is the mention of a Vista Gadget from Disney, but I am behind in my RSS reader. Ars Technica has posted an article about a post from Chris Wilson on the Internet Explorer blog, but, the site won’t come up for me, so I am just referencing the Ars Technica site.

While details may be lacking, the structure of the conferences planned for Mix’07 gives a few hints. Improvements in RSS, CSS, and AJAX support are all being given high priority. It is also widely speculated that IE 8 will include support for microformats, small tags embedded in HTML code that can be interpreted in various ways by software, such as calendar events or contact information. Microformat support is scheduled for Firefox 3, so IE 8 will have to include them in order to keep up. The new version may also include more options for user interface customization, as that was one of the biggest criticisms of IE 7, and one which the developers often blamed on lack of time.

The fact that there will be an IE 8 at all is a testament to the fact that the web browser market has become competitive again. When IE 6 finally vanquished Netscape, the team that created Microsoft’s browser was largely thrown to the winds, and development slowed to a crawl. It took Firefox gaining a ten percent market share to cause Microsoft to respond with IE 7. Source: Microsoft drops hints about Internet Explorer 8

At least we know Microsoft is working on the next version of IE, that is a good thing…