Senior Product Manager, Developers & Security for IE
IE 8 is a hybrid, has two engines; IE 9 will have three engines: IE 7, IE 8 and IE 9. This way can ensure site works in future versions of the browser.
IE 8 supports session and local storage (see presentation by Marcus Lofthouse to the New York Web Standards Meetup). Added addition to spec: a way to remove all.
Mutable DOM prototypes: take a DOM element and add properties/methods to it. Add method to
Native JSON support.
CrossDocumentMessaging and CrossDomainRequest
Demos at ie8demos.com (browser-sniffs and only wants to work in IE 8).
- Faster; speed is important. Finally comparable to FF.
- A lot of work on standards-support. Will implement border-radius. Acid3 score went from 20 to 32. IE 8 Current CSS3 support is vertical-text. Hope to more than double it in IE 9.
Q: Why always trying to play catch up? Why not just adopt Webkit?
A: A lot of things that make adopting Webkit or Gecko more difficult than it seems.
Q: Any release date for IE 9?
A: No dates as of now
Q: Still trying to get Canvas out of the spec for HTML5?
A: Not sure; might be a miscommunication
Q: Any major updates planned for IE 8?
A: Probably not; next major version will be 9. Security updates will be released for 8, but the rendering engine will not change.