Microsoft will use Gecko layout engine in IE 8
When I read the news this morning, it blew my mind! Microsoft will use the Gecko layout engine for IE 8.
Chris Wilson, IE Team Lead, says:
We have had extensive discussions about this internally, and the conclusion is to follow our motto, “don’t break the web”. As a result, we analyzed the other web browser vendor’s rendering engines, and our choice at the end of the day fell on using Gecko for Internet Explorer 8.
It has consistently proven its excellence both in a cross-platform manner and having already been successfully incorporated in a number of web browsers. Therefore, Microsoft will take part in the work to continually improve Gecko and at the same time be able to offer Internet Explorer on all major platforms (Windows, Mac OS X and Linux distributions).
He also, somewhat surprisingly, stated:
We have followed Mr. Nyman’s writings for quite some time now, and while his opinions about Microsoft have seen harsh at a first glance, his takes have always been right at the core of our problems. We thank him for his professional reflections, and hope that we can continue to work together to create a better web browser experience for end users.
PS. Happy April 1st! 🙂 DS.
It's a bad joke! xD And i believe it a little time. Haha
That one was too obvious 😛
Lol… what a nice thing it would be though. 🙂
It's obvious Webkit is the rendering of choice nowadays, hello. *rolls eyes*
ROFL. I only had to read the title to know it was an April Fools. Nice one 🙂
You really shocked me.
(Holding head and rocking backward and forward, dumbly) I refuse to believe it is an April Fool's joke and not reality, I refuse to believe it is an April Fool's joke and not reality, I refuse to believe it is an April Fool's joke and not reality…
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I am with Stephen Hill, I had to read it all before I got it.
But then, I also fell for it when my wife said to me Did you hear that they removed gullible from the dictionary?
What's wrong with Trident anyway? 😉
At first I believed you – how sad that it's only a joke!
(Isn't it actually weird that with both Gecko and Webkit being open source and could be used by Microsoft for free they still refuse to use them? What's the reason for them to build one for themself? Pride?)
…what a wonderful world this could be 🙂
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That was a good April Fool's joke Robert!
Thanks guys, I'm glad you liked it!
What really hurts is that this could actually be true, and our lives would be a lot easier; instead MS will keep to developing their web browser, and although it gets better, it still far behind its competitors.
aww you bugger… I'm not even full of whiskey!
Nope that was a good one. Prey on the hopes of weakened standardistas beaten down by the MS Luftwaffe in the trenches of daily web development…
Happy hunting 🙂
Ha ha ha! 😀
Noooooo!!!! I believed it! damn!
haha!! good joke! First I also believed it, but at the end I have to realised that I am living in the matrix!! 😀 @Guille: don't worry! You are not the only own who believe in a good future! 😉
Trust me, I dream of it too! 🙂
this joke is too obvious! the ie team will never use the gecko engine!
it's interesting though, that mozilla has always been a major competitor to IE. First netscape, IE's most hated enemy, even after it was shut down by AOL, it emerged in the form of mozilla. after it remained unpopular for a long time, now it's again the major competitor against IE after the release of Firefox.
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Wow, too good to be Microsoft. They dont care about web standards! April fools joke, much?
P.S., it still uses trident!