"First Look - Microsoft quietly released the first update to
its IE8 beta 2
to its closest partners last week. This new version is marked
Candidate 1" and is expected to be the final IE8 pre-release
Microsoft intends to make available to the public sometime in
quarter of 2009.
...Another disappointment is IE8's Acid3 score. While
Microsoft promised to
make the browser more compatible with web standards, it
trails every other
browser in this major standards compatibility test by a
IE8 RC1 scores 12/100 (the same as IE8 beta 2), which clearly
disappoint web designers and developers that heavily use CSS.
Firefox 3.1 beta 2, officially released on December 8, scores
Firefox 3.0.4 scores 71/100, Google Chrome 1.0 comes in at
79/100 and Safari
3.1 scores 75/100. It is worth noting that Safari 4 beta as
well as Opera 10
Alpha already scored 100/100.
For sake of reference, IE 7 scores 12/100 just like IE 8. To
be fair, that
number increases to 21/100 in IE8, if the window is left open
extended period of time (several minutes).
While the browser did not crash during preliminary testing,
this build is
not meant for widespread public use and still contains
According to Microsoft, Facebook compatibility is still a
known issue with
the browser. Currently, the function "Add friend to list"
causes IE8 to