Tried IE8 today
I'm kinda late, huh? But I took my time. Every time M$ released a new browser (that's, err, twice in the last 7 years? I think so) — so every time they released a new browser, I rushed to download it, install it, only to be horribly disappointed thereafter.
Well, today I'm quite pleased. I tried IE8. It's OK! Can you believe I said that? I, I mean, me — Mihai Bazon — am telling you that IE8 is OK. It's about as OK as Firefox was 6 years ago. It's even as fast as Firefox was 6 years ago (and here I mean Firefox on that hardware, compared to IE8 on bleeding edge hardware).
Other than speed (seriously M$, can't you do any better? Come on!), IE8 does seem to do a lot better job than any older IE concerning rendering quality (and here I mean CSS). And that's it. No exciting news on the DOM side (but people didn't cry about it all that loud, because we could work around it).
So to recap:
- Slowest browser on Earth (as usual).
- CSS support is better than IE7, but worse than real competition (as usual). Firefox, Safari, Chrome, Opera — they're all still light-years ahead.
- Still no support for standard DOM events (as usual).
- filter:alpha(opacity=STILL_SUCKS) (as usual).
- Oh wait, still no font antialiasing when opacity is not 100% (as usual).
- Dude, it's unusably slow. (as usual).
Good work folks. Looking forward for the next 3 years. Meanwhile, I'm happy to see your marketshare shrinking daily.
And by the way, Vista sucks! It truly, deeply, sucks!