IE5 Preview at

Wednesday March 17th, 1999

So, news about IE5 is beginning to trickle out, and it's beginning to look a lot like Mozilla. The equivalent of a "What's Related" button has been added as well as a "Web Accessories" feature that we got a glimpse of last year with Mozilla's configurable chrome. No indication of standards compliance (still). My latest bet is that IE5 won't even be HTML4 compliant, much less CSS1 compliant.

IE5 is supposed to be released tomorrow. I'd be interested in knowing the download sizes for the different installs. Feel free to submit info to us tomorrow, if you're brave enough to download it.

#18 Re:IE5 Preview at

by zontar

Thursday March 18th, 1999 1:47 PM

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I'm afraid that Mark Wilson makes a good point: Microsoft is still going full steam ahead with its "Let's add a bunch of flashy gewgaws to our implementation that have nothing to do with standards, and have everything to do with persuading developers that the cool thing to do is to develop for MSIE/Win32 and say 'to hell with everybody else'" strategy. People who have gone to school to be taught VB and think it's the creme de la creme of programming say, "Oh goody!" while those of us who know better cringe.

If Netscape 5 is standards-compliant, it'll win developer mindshare. If it's fast, stable, and above all NOT BLOATWARE, users will help take care of the myopic "the world runs on Windows" types.

Intersting article today (in Wired, I think), that points out that smaller companies tend to use MSIE, while larger ones go more for Netscape. IOW, the co's that have breadth of vision don't want to get into the trap that the little guys seem anxious to jump into.