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Microsoft release preview of ie9 for developers

Microsoft release preview of ie9 for developers

You could almost hear the collective sigh of relief across the web development landscape. After years of holding onto their “We are the web”, old-dinosaur attitudes of the 90s, Microsoft have finally made an effort to produce a browser that can perform in today’s web environment. Rounded corners. Check. HTML 5. Check. CSS 3 Selectors. Check.

Of course modern browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari have offered these features already, but it’s exciting to see the company whose browser still dominates the market in spite of its comprehensive incompetence have finally made life a little easier for those trying to work with their below-par products.

I guess we couldn’t expect too much good news in one hit though. Outlook 2010, due for release in the upcoming Office 2010 package, will continue to use the Microsoft Word engine to render emails. Effectively holding back what the world can do with emails for another a decade.

And, oh, the latest version of Internet Explorer for all its commendable features, will not run on WIndows XP, the only decent operating system they have released in the last decade. Hmmmmm might be a hefty price for Microsoft users to catch up to the rest of us.

Yours in design,

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