Microsoft Still Chasing the Competition With IE9

Serious work has begun on Internet Explorer 9, the next revision of Microsoft's flagship web browser.

That sounds like good news, right? After all, IE8 has its moments, but it isn't exactly a cutting-edge browser. Certainly, any improvement would seem welcome.

Yet, judging by the reaction from the web-development community on Microsoft's IEBlog, you'd think Microsoft just announced the release of a major virus.

To understand why web developers - and even ordinary users - aren't particularly thrilled with this early preview of IE9, we need to start by taking a look at IE8's shortcomings:

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