Internet Explorer 8 is now in Beta release and from the looks of it, its going to cause another bunch of headaches for developers. However, Microsoft, because they know that they are never going to get it right, added a great new Meta Tag ‘X-UA-Compatible’ This tag will allow you to force IE to render to the preferred IE Version, it even has ‘edge’ which allows you to risk your life with Microsoft and always render in the latest version. You can find more information about this latest Microsoft HACK on Aaron Gustafson’s blog.
I’m sure there will be thousands of people out there that think Microsoft should have done more to get users to upgrade their browsers, there are at least 16 people at Just Develop It that agree. We all look forward to the day where the % of IE6 users drops below the critical point and the browser is not supported as standard. 37 Signals has already posted a blog announcing the phasing out of IE6 on all their products. It’s the actions of the big players online that will eventually have users upgrading in the fear of being unsupported, and not Microsoft which many believe should have done more.