IE8 Get The Facts Campaign
Microsoft published a “fact sheet” comparing a short list of features in IE8 with other browsers. My first thought reading this was that they must think their customers are idiots. INFOWORLD wrote an article saying just that. Robert Cringely also has an article warning about major issues with IE8.
Everyone that works with CSS ends up creating an IE specific file because their implementation of standards are so broken it’s impossible to do the right code and keep IE happy at the same time. It is funny to see Microsoft list a new IE specific security or privacy feature and then claim that they are more secure/private than everyone else for not having their feature. What about all the features they have IE8 doesn’t (or more to the point, what about IE8 specific vulnerabilities?). And does anyone understand that last bullet description? Frankly I’m amazed Microsoft gives in enough to award some of their bullet points “a tie” with the other browsers.
The community did not let this go by. A Mozilla developer posted this humorous response, which does mention the Firebug tool. There are other responses posted as well. There is another response chart here that is more informative and readable.
Microsoft is also promoting IE8 with offers of charity donations and a $10k cash prize (only discoverable using IE8). Techcrunch posted a response to those efforts.
The frequent question being asked is who is the target audience for this IE8 campaign? Web site designers all know the oddities of IE8, end-users are switching away from IE at an ever increasing rate. Corporations will be very slow to adopt IE8 especially given any pain Vista gave them, plus they usually base their migrations on licensing and support needs rather than hype.
If you are going to get the facts, get ALL of the facts. What you don’t know could end up costing you a lot of time and money.