I was just checking out the improvements the team has made in beta 2 of Internet Explorer 8. While I haven’t had time to mess with all of the improvements, I see lots of opportunities to create enhancements for my sites to allow visitors to get what they are looking for faster. Be sure to check out the full list of improvements at http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2008/08/28/part-i-better-everyday-browsing.aspx. You can download IE8 Beta 2 at http://www.microsoft.com/ie8.
Unless you are using IE 32-bit, don’t expect the Clearspring widgets to work. Clearspring is one of the leaders in building widgets for social networks and Vista. The reason their widgets do not work is because Flash is not yet supported on 64-bit platforms. By default, the Vista Sidebar on a 64-bit system displays widgets by using IE 64-bit. An example of a Clearspring widget in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics widget from NBCOlympics.com.
Microsoft recognizes that it will be difficult to have all sites use the latest HTML and CSS specs that are found in IE8. To accommodate the web sites that cannot be converted at this time, they’ve created a work around. There are two options: a) you can modify the config in IIS 7 or b) you can add a new meta tag to your page headers. More information about this can be found by visiting http://support.microsoft.com/kb/952030.
IE8 Beta 1 now forces CSS 2.1 along with other web standards (includes some early HTML 5 stuff too!). I’m creating a list of websites that seem to be broken by the browser. Feel free to leave a comment if you come across other sites. Here’s what I found so far (notice that only part of the site may be broken and not necessarily all of the site): http://dell.com (missing menu bar at the top and bottom) http://cnn.com (textbox at the bottom on the page) http://nbc.com (content layout) http://yahoo.com (search bar) http://asp.net (content layout) http://gm.com (where’s the content?) http://officemax.com (missing … Continue reading Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 – Websites that are Broken