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Microsoft unveiled the IE8 Beta 1 at last week's MIX 08. While IE8 looks prettier that all of its predecessors and it offers enhanced security, it's not quite ready for web developers to put on their development machines just yet. I installed IE8 beta 1 on the day it came out I have been using it for my developments at home. So far I have found quite a few problems.

  • Various issues with rendering AJAX Control Toolkit controls. For instance, the content in the TabPanel cannot even be displayed.
  • Control positions defined by CSS are sometimes off.
  • style="text-align=center" is not always rendered correctly.
  • Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar gets disabled when the IE8 is installed

I am pretty sure this list will go on and on. However, this doesn't really mean that you have to uninstall the IE8 to return your web development to normal. You can still emulate the IE7 rendering engine if the beta is really bothering you. All you have to do is click on the "Emulate IE7" button and restart the browser. Everything will be back to "IE7".


Posted on Sunday, March 9, 2008 10:48 PM Misc. | Back to top

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