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Introducing IE8: The Ocho

Over in Las Vegas the MIX conference is underway and that means only one thing: Microsoft announcements and plenty of them.

Over in Las Vegas the MIX conference is underway and that means only one thing: Microsoft announcements and plenty of them.

Prior to MIX came the news that IE8 would use its standards mode as the default renderer in IE8.

And before anyone even had the chance to ponder the future death of IE-centric code, IE8 appeared on the Microsoft site available for download.

I took a look at IE8 yesterday and I do have to say that it has made some impressive ground on Firefox and Safari. Passing the Acid2 test is a good start, and the developer tools that come with IE8 are on par or better with those that come with Safari and are needed as an extension in Firefox. This first release of IE8 is intended for developers, I hope that in general release the developer tools are not removed entirely and remain available somehow. It's hard to fathom the idea of using Internet Explorer again as a browser to develop and debug in, but certainly it appears to be an option.

One place where IE8 still needs to catch up is on the Acid3 test that was released on Thursday. No browser is yet able to pass the test, but Safari and Firefox are a long way ahead of IE8.

MIX also means Silverlight news. Nokia and Microsoft will team up to produce Silverlight for Nokia's phone running the Symbian OS.

Steve Jobs also raised the possibility of Silverlight finding its way onto the iPhone in place of Flash.

Locally Sun Tech Days happened in Sydney and Melbourne, and we had a chance to catch up with the "Father of Java" James Gosling. He told us what he thought the Blu-ray victory would mean for Java. Java forms part of the BD-J (Blu-ray Disc Java) platform for delivering bonus content to users of Blu-ray.

Finally this week is a chance to win some prizes in our "Gates vs Wozniak: Flamewar against Poverty" competition. As Bill Gates thinks the world's poor don't need cheap PCs and Steve Wozniak is a fan of OLPC, we decided the only civil way to decide this was to have them involved in a deathmatch. Write to competitions@builderau.com.au with your explanation of who would win the deathmatch and why your choice would win — you could win some books, an album or maybe a DVD.

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