Microsoft has announced that IE 8 has passed a key web standards test - a test that ensures that the browser won't 'break' the Web.
IE 8 has passed the 'Acid2 Browser Test' from the Web Standards Project, which shows whether a browser renders a website in a certain way. If the browser renders the site correctly, it means the browser supports certain accepted web standards.
Microsoft posted a video about the browser passing the test on its Channel 9 website.
Microsoft's IE preceded some web standards such as the Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and the Really Simple Syndication (RSS). As such, the older versions don't support some current standards. Developers would write applications to work with IE rather than to support web standards, as the browser, for many years, was the de-facto standard for surfing the Internet. Microsoft was also lax in updating IE to meet the demands of web standards, owing to the lack of competition in the browser market for years.