Internet Explorer 8 hasn’t long been on the market but Microsoft are working hard to make Internet Explorer 9 their best browser yet.
IE8 was released in March 2009 and was a big step forward and a welcome addition to the browser market for most web developers due to its better support of web standards and CSS2.1 support. However, there was also a lot of frustration that Microsoft were launching a browser that even on its day of release was still some way behind Firefox, Opera and Safari browsers.
So it’s welcome news that Internet Explorer 9 will finally support CSS3.
For more information please have a read over on the Blogs.MSDN website.
Once again, it’s good to see that Microsoft are developing their browser and focusing on what the web development community want but the Internet Explorer browser seems to be falling further and further behind the other browsers with every release. What Internet Explorer are working on now is already available in Firefox and Safari so by the time IE9 finally hits the shelves (which I wouldn’t expect to be any time soon), the other browsers could be a couple of years ahead in terms of development.
How long will we have to wait for HTML5 video and audio support? CSS3 transformations? Instead of trying to catch up with the other browsers, has the time come where Microsoft should simply use the Webkit engine used by Safari and Google Chrome? What do you think?