Internet Explorer 8 – does it work?

Believing in delivering quality web design solutions, we have to test our websites (and our customers’ websites when we conduct Searche Engine Optimisation audits and the like) across a broad range of browsers. Typically this includes IE 6, IE7, Firefox, Chrome and Safari; and with the recent introduction of Internet Explorer 8: IE8.

IE8 seems to cause quite a few minor problems with sites that used to work perfectly well across all other browsers; so much so that they have introduced a special metatag that you can embed in your website to display it in IE7 compatibility mode! So far it is looking like a step backwards – although we can’t wait for the day when we can forget about IE6 and it’s completely different interpretation of web standards compared to the rest of the world.

One thing that keeps coming up time and again however, is that after running it hard for a long period of time, on loading a particularly large page it will die – disgracefully: bringing the rest of the machine to its knees at the same time by hogging the processor at 100%. This has happened so many times now that we won’t use it other than for testing: preferring to rely on IE7 or Firefox for our everyday development browsing.

So, if you’re thinking of moving up to the latest version of Microsoft’s browser we would advise caution, and looking at Firefox instead.

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About Gerald Thulbourn

Gerald Thulbourn setup WebSanity in 2004. He has a 1st class honours MEng in Microelectronics & Software Engineering (i.e. he's a techy), 5 A grades at A level (i.e. he works hard) and loves to communicate (i.e. odd for a techy). He hates tech speak, sloppy/badly tested code, and technology for the sake of technology's sake. He loves helping people understand marketing concepts and seeing how their application makes a real difference to their business. In particular he loves training; SEO, Website Analysis, WordPress etc. Read more about us on Google+