Internet Explorer 8 will have more interoperability

Posted by Mark Raby

Redmond (WA) - Microsoft announced this week that it is tweaking its settings for the next version of Internet Explorer, adding Web standards to increase interoperability with content rendering.

"The progressive evolution of the Web has necessitated that browsers such as Internet Explorer include multiple content-rendering modes," said Microsoft in a statement.

The upcoming version of the market share-leading Web browser will include three rendering modes to include support for Microsoft's newly revamped Web standards platform, backwards compatibility with all of IE7's functionality, and ensuring older rendering methods are still compatible as well.

"IE8 has been significantly enhanced, and was designed with great support for current Internet standards. This is evidenced by the fact that even in its first beta, IE8 correctly renders the popular test known as ‘Acid2,’ which was created by the Web community to promote real-world interoperability," said Microsoft chief software architect Ray Ozzie, who was named as Bill Gates's successor when he steps down from the company next year.

A test version of IE8 is expected to be available this June.