Saving yourself from IE8’s Compatibility View

“Luke, I am your father.”

So now that Internet Explorer 8’s officially been released, it’s to be expected that plenty of users will be upgrading. Even if the common visitor to your site doesn’t immediately install IE8 like a panicked nerd who’s been waiting for his new Amiga, over the next three months the new version of Internet Explorer’s will be pushed out over Windows Update. At this moment, Net Applications reports that 67.44% of all visitors tracked are Internet Explorer users. reported seeing as much as 75% of it’s users as IE users. With such a significant share of Internet users using Internet Explorer, it’s only wise to ensure that your site development works well with the new version of Internet Explorer.

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Internet Explorer 8 released today

In case you’ve missed it somehow, Internet Explorer 8 was officially released today at noon. The final build number is 8.0.6001.18702. Looks like neowin got it wrong again.

Setup packages are available for Windows XP (x86 and x64), Windows Server 2003 (x86 and x64), Windows Vista (x86 and x64) and Windows Server 2008 (x86 and x64) from Microsoft’s download site.

Windows Updates Downloader 2.40 Build 1299 Released

Another build of the Windows Updates Downloader, version 2.40 Build 1299, has been published.

Thanks to the user community for helping me identify a rare bug with the windows update agent. I’ve also extended the Update List specifications to support identification of the base service pack. This should go a long way towards clearing up confusion people had between the Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Windows XP Service Pack 3 update lists. This is also a small but necessary step towards detecting locally installed updates.