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IE 8.1 Supports Firefox Plugins, Rendering Engine

kdawson posted more than 5 years ago | from the fruits-of-competition dept.

Internet Explorer 283

KermodeBear writes in to note that according to Smashing Magazine, the newest version of Internet Explorer, codenamed "Eagle Eyes," supports Firefox plugins, the Gecko and Webkit rendering engines, and has scored a 71 / 100 on the Acid3 test. The article is pretty gee-whiz, and I don't entirely believe the claims that IE's JavaScript performance will trounce the others. (And note that the current Firefox, 3.0.8, scores 71 on Acid3, and Safari 3.1.2 hits 75.) No definitive date from Microsoft, but "sources" say that an IE 8.1 beta will be released in the summer.

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Don't forget to vote! (-1)

ancientt (569920) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407259)

Wow. This sounds absolutely fantastic! I can't wait to see Google's parallel work (wasn't it lunar google last year?)
Don't forget to vote, current stats for "I'll download it" are:

Yes, absolutely! 53% (1,284 votes)
Maybe... 19% (469 votes)
No, definitely not. 28% (671 votes)

including my Yes vote

Re:Don't forget to vote! (2, Insightful)

vishbar (862440) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407509)

Look at this image from the article:

http://88.198.60.17/images/ie8-eagle-eyes/graph_js_performance.jpg

See the "Graph created with microsoft excel to showcase MS's greatness in the software market? This is a hoax.

Re:Don't forget to vote! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27407653)

Whoosh...

Re:Don't forget to vote! (5, Funny)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407725)

Check out the author's tagline at the end:

Jacob Gube is a professional contemporary dancer for the New York City Dance Company. An avid Steve Jobs follower(/stalker)*, you can find him in the local Star Bucks with his Mac Book Air developing .NET applications. Follow him on Twitter⦠if you really must.

*Seriously Steve, was that restraining order necessary? I was only trying to give you a hug. In retrospect, I shouldâ(TM)ve not done that naked.

Re:Don't forget to vote! (5, Funny)

digitalunity (19107) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407843)

I hereby turn in my Slashdot member card until it is 4/2/2009 or later in all time zones.

Thanks.
digitalunity

Re:Don't forget to vote! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27407995)

You can have your member card back. 4th of February has passed in all time zones I know of

Re:Don't forget to vote! (2, Funny)

BlackSnake112 (912158) | more than 5 years ago | (#27408095)

He might be using MM/DD/YYYY not DD/MM/YYYY. In that case the 2nd of April 2009 has not passed yet.

And I am most likely hearing a whooosh sound...

Re:Don't forget to vote! (4, Funny)

MooUK (905450) | more than 5 years ago | (#27408097)

It is already well past the fourth of February, 2009. You may keep your card.

Re:Don't forget to vote! (4, Insightful)

areusche (1297613) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407621)

This BS has got to stop. I'm going to go and burn some karma, but websites should not be pulling April Fools jokes a day or two early. Why? Because sarcasm is lost in text. The humor in this article was not obvious that I ended up thinking it was true. Haha I was fooled! On march 31st! Stop the jokes when they're not supposed to be done. This article would have been easier to spot in the late 90s with IE 4 and 5. Nowadays they're doing better.

Re:Don't forget to vote! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27407699)

Do note some places in the world it is the 1st when it started getting promoted.

Re:Don't forget to vote! (5, Insightful)

master5o1 (1068594) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407907)

Yeah, but when the site's URL has the date in it, and it's 31 March, then it's really stupid. I'm in New Zealand so It's been April for 10 hours now.


http://www.smashingmagazine.com/ [smashingmagazine.com] 2009/03/31/breaking-internet-explorer-81-eagle-eyes-leaked/

Re:Don't forget to vote! (3, Informative)

FelixNZ (1426093) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407939)

It's been April 1st here for 10 hours now you insensitive clod!

Happy Conflicker Day! (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27408149)

This BS has got to stop. I'm going to go and burn some karma, but websites should not be pulling April Fools jokes a day or two early. Why?

In former Soviet Russian city of Moscow, is already April 1, so April Fools you, yanks.

Re:Don't forget to vote! (1)

Mr. 6502 (1504303) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407661)

Hmm, when I voted it said 1337 votes for Yes. I thought that was part of the gag.

Re:Don't forget to vote! (1)

The MAZZTer (911996) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407831)

We need a +1 Fool for April Fools' articles.

Re:Don't forget to vote! (5, Funny)

eddy the lip (20794) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407897)

Or a -1.

I love a good hoax as much as the next guy (the perl/python/parrot thing was great), but I dread April 1 every year now. Disabling every second news source on the planet for 24 hours leaves me with nothing to do but actual work.

April fools... (5, Informative)

MK_CSGuy (953563) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407283)

Nothing to see here, move along...

Re:April fools... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27407467)

Honestly, the pictures are clearly Photoshopped (look at the "Developers Tools" screenshot, they didn't even bother matching the font on the Firefox/Safari entries), the Javascript benchmarks have Chrome in second-to-last place with the IE6/7/8 beating out everyone else, and the Mixx picture is obviously a joke.

Wait a second...

"Posted by kdawson"

Ah, now I see how this ended up on the front page.

Re:April fools... (1)

MrEricSir (398214) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407477)

And not even a good April Fool's at that. It's too obviously fake.

Breaking News! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27407327)

Breaking News: April Fools joke leaked on March 31st

Re:Breaking News! (2, Funny)

mickwd (196449) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407519)

Yep....unless someone other than IE8.1 has been scoring on Acid :D

Re:Breaking News! (1)

bughunter (10093) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407881)

Yea, last time I participated in an acid test [wikipedia.org] , I went and saw Used Cars [imdb.com] at a midnight movie. This is somehow reminiscent... only without Kurt Russell.

Re:Breaking News! (-1, Troll)

Swizec (978239) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407605)

Australia had April fools start a few hours ago. I know it's not very much like Americans to think there's anyone outside america, but there is.

Re:Breaking News! (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27407671)

But since Smashing Magazine is not an Australian website, you can take your bigotry elsewhere.

Re:Breaking News! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27407703)

Yeah but when the article itself is dated 3/31 it is a bit early.

Re:Breaking News! (1)

thetoadwarrior (1268702) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407835)

It's ok. An Australian living in tomorrow travelled back in time to submit the article so it still counts.

Re:Breaking News! (1)

thetoadwarrior (1268702) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407817)

He could be English seeing how it's only the 10pm on the 31st. :P

Re:Breaking News! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27407619)

March 31st? I live in New Zealand, you insensitive clod!

Re:Breaking News! (2, Informative)

PhxBlue (562201) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407639)

Well, to be fair, it's April 1 in Tokyo, Beijing, Sydney and Baghdad.

Re:Breaking News! (4, Funny)

master5o1 (1068594) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407943)

I thought baghdad was on American time since the fall of Saddam?

Re:Breaking News! (1)

thetoadwarrior (1268702) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407793)

Yes and if I was dim enough to believe it, the JavaScript performance alone would have been enough to tell me it's bullshit seeing where IE6 placed.

Re:Breaking News! (2, Informative)

Richard_at_work (517087) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407833)

THe problem is, there is only one thing on the list that actually didn't fool me - sure, the entire article put me into a 'whoa, MS actually got off their butt for 8.1? For real?', but the *only* feature out of that entire list that set off alarm bells was this:

Server-side code decompiler

If youâ(TM)ve ever wished to know how sites and web applications work, Eagle Eyes (the name is fitting in this context) will let you view the server-side source code of a web page. We didnâ(TM)t explore this feature much, but from basic tests, the server-side code decompiler was able to tell us how the Mixx promotional algorithm worked.

Everything else was plausable.

Re:Breaking News! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27407959)

Given the speed at which stories emerge on Slashdot this one was probably created a week ago.

little bit early on the 04/01 (0, Redundant)

dargon (105684) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407343)

Yeah, little early guys, It's not yet April 1st here, in Europe sure, but since when has /. been Europe-centric :)

Re:little bit early on the 04/01 (1)

Camann (1486759) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407479)

John Titor brought it back with him from tomorrow.

Re:little bit early on the 04/01 (1)

BenoitRen (998927) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407531)

I am in Europe, and it's not 1 April here yet either.

Positive Response (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27407347)

I know the response from slashdot will probably be negative, but come on. Competition is good. The better IE gets, the better your fanboyed browsers will get.

clearification: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27407361)

"IE 8.1 beta will be released in the summer. "
Of what year?

Re:clearification: (1)

creimer (824291) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407489)

When Duke Nukem Forever comes out. Microsoft is waiting for the DNF rendering engine plugin to come out. :P

Come on... (5, Funny)

spacefight (577141) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407367)

...it isn't April 1st yet :)

Re:Come on... (2, Funny)

compro01 (777531) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407563)

It is in not-soviet-anymore Russia.

News at 11 .. there are other parts to the world (1, Redundant)

OzPeter (195038) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407631)

And they are not in the same timezone as the US. Let alone mentioning the International Date Line!!!!!!

Re:News at 11 .. there are other parts to the worl (1)

Em Emalb (452530) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407825)

Voice= Lil' John:

WHAT!??!?!

Wow, if true. (3, Funny)

CannonballHead (842625) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407369)

If it actually does do all that (support FF plugins, Gecko and Webkit [and I assume Trident], score competitively on Acid3 [I would assume that is at least some indication of being more standards compliant], good JS performance), that would be a pretty big Wow.

Re:Wow, if true. (1)

CannonballHead (842625) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407431)

After reading the article, I'm inclined to say "April Fools" too. But it's not April 1st, so that would be Evil of them. :P

Re:Wow, if true. (0, Flamebait)

NightRain (144349) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407863)

Yep. Because it's not April 1st in your timezone, it can't be anywhere else in the world either...

Re:Wow, if true. (1)

Z00L00K (682162) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407441)

And Opera scores 85/100 on Acid3.

Re:Acid3 (1)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407487)

I think the new build of Opera 10.0 and Safari4 Beta get 100% on Acid3.

Re:Wow, if true. (1)

Midnight Thunder (17205) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407523)

And Opera scores 85/100 on Acid3.

I just see wonderfully amazingly colours when I do the acid test - woah man, that really is a buzz, I should do that more often.

Re:Wow, if true. (1)

Beyond Opinion (959609) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407645)

The more often you do it, the less exciting it is.

Definitely FALSE (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27407753)

Check out this statement from the article:
'Eagle Eyes ... will let you view the server-side source code of a web page. '
This accompanies a screenshot of this side-by-side.

You can't see the server side code when you're on the client side. Period.
Client requests page, server takes server side code and generates the client side code, server sends client side code to client, client parses client side code.

Part of the point of server side code is the fact that the clients can't see it. It's part of the security of it.

Even if the program were claiming to simulate the server side code to generate it, it isn't possible. There are so many technologies and so many methods to do things it just couldn't do it. It's not going to be able to tell you pulled user data X from the database at location Y, grabbed their forum icon from location Z, scaled it to 64x64, and then placed it there to be seen.

Tabloid? (1)

csartanis (863147) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407375)

Wow, this article is pure satire. I dont think I saw one unaltered image in the bunch.

"Eagle Eyes" (4, Funny)

ilovegeorgebush (923173) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407379)

Dubbed "Eagle Eyes" because it has FireFOX in its sights.

Evil bastards :(

Awesome (4, Insightful)

Idiomatick (976696) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407381)

If it is all true. IE is finally done playing catchup and the general populace still using IE won't be behind. But so far IE doesn't really offer anything that FF doesn't. Chrome for example is missing a lot of things but it has stuff no one else does. All in all this can only cause good things to happen on the internet.

Re:Awesome (1)

The Hooloovoo (78790) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407723)

Well, IE the engine would be done playing catchup.

Plenty of IE users, on the other hand, are still banging around with IE 6. They weren't playing catch-up to begin with, because they're not even in the game.

Wait...what? (5, Insightful)

thesolo (131008) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407387)

I smell bullshit.

How on earth would IE 8, a browser with a UI not written in XUL, be able to "flawlessly" use a Firefox plugin like Tab Mix Plus? Unless IE 8.1 embeds all of Gecko, plus XUL, XPCom, the XPI to install the plugins, you couldn't install or run a plugin on it. And why on earth would Microsoft suddenly give in and embed other rendering engines? That's not something the dominant browser does, that's something that a low-share browser does to help with compatibility, ala Netscape 7.

I don't buy it. Furthermore, the article is light on details, has some dubious screenshots, and was published just before April Fools' Day.

P.S. If you want to use Firebug in non-Firefox browsers, then use the Lite version [getfirebug.com] . It works great in IE.

Re:Wait...what? (1)

lseltzer (311306) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407539)

I agree, I think they're just trying to get ahead on the April Fools rush.

I mean they actually have a screen shot.

Re:Wait...what? (1)

Lord Ender (156273) | more than 5 years ago | (#27408139)

Check your calendar, then look at a globe.

What's not said (1)

NaCh0 (6124) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407389)

Is that obviously MS won't be packaging firefox with windows so don't count on having gecko as the default rendering engine for your website visitors anytime soon.

April Fool a day early (4, Funny)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407397)

Microsoft's Internet Explorer Development Team has teamed up with the Google Chrome Development Team to create JSE in a seemingly grand plan combat Mozilla Firefox's growing market share. The result: a JavaScript engine that outperforms all modern browsers currently available on the market.

Yes of course Microsoft will team up with Google to "combat Mozilla Firefox's growing market share". When chairs fly.

From the comments ... (5, Informative)

krou (1027572) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407419)

RTFC, perhaps? From Smashing Magazine's editorial team, 16th comment:

actually, it is April 1st in Kiribati already (see Link [is.gd]) and since we have readers all across the globe, it sounds quite OK for us to publish the post now. We don't have that many readers from Kiribati, but it would be unfair to publish it when it's April 2nd there ;)

Re:From the comments ... (1)

dr00p (56154) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407777)

c'mon ! It's April first in New Zealand .
Look at this :
IE 8.1 Supports Firefox Plugins, Rendering Engine
Posted by kdawson on Wednesday April 01, @08:28AM

IE 8.1 really rocks (5, Funny)

INeededALogin (771371) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407451)

They also decided to release an OSX version again and while I was taking a shower, it fed and took my dog for a walk.

check your clocks (1)

Tumbleweed (3706) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407453)

It's April 1st somewhere in the world already. :)

Let me guess... (1)

Millennium (2451) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407461)

It's April 1 in the country of whoever "leaked" this "news," right? Note to self: just stay off the whole frickin Internet tomorrow.

Ah, who am I kidding...

Another way to avoid it (1)

Nerdposeur (910128) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407971)

Note to self: just stay off the whole frickin Internet tomorrow.

Lucky for me, my computer went ahead and pre-emptively died this morning - won't even turn on.

You ain't gettin' ME, Conficker!

It comes with free ponies, too. (2, Funny)

Trillan (597339) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407465)

You need to supply your own pony feed, though.

I hope... (1)

simonbas (1319225) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407469)

...my IEtab plugin will work with this

Okay (5, Funny)

slapout (93640) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407471)

So, that's what the Conficker virus does...

Server Side Compiler (4, Informative)

CannonballHead (842625) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407491)

In case anyone is in doubt about April Fools or not...

Server-side code decompiler

If youâ(TM)ve ever wished to know how sites and web applications work, Eagle Eyes (the name is fitting in this context) will let you view the server-side source code of a web page. We didnâ(TM)t explore this feature much, but from basic tests, the server-side code decompiler was able to tell us how the Mixx promotional algorithm worked.

And they show this picture [88.198.60.17] ... hehe.

Re:Server Side Compiler (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27407553)

In case anyone is in doubt about April Fools or not...

Server-side code decompiler

If youâ(TM)ve ever wished to know how sites and web applications work, Eagle Eyes (the name is fitting in this context) will let you view the server-side source code of a web page. We didnâ(TM)t explore this feature much, but from basic tests, the server-side code decompiler was able to tell us how the Mixx promotional algorithm worked.

And they show this picture [88.198.60.17] ... hehe.

If anyone thinks it's true after that... I honestly pity them.

Usability still matters (3, Insightful)

hwyhobo (1420503) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407503)

Usability still matters, not just raw speed or ability to supports other vendor's plugins. I have and occasionally use IE8, and while it is a huge improvement on the previous versions of IE, usability-wise it still cannot hold a candle in my book to Firefox. It insists on its own way of arranging menus and bookmarks, so that if I want to have what I have in Firefox, I need 3-4 rows of text and icons at the top instead of 2 in Firefox. That kind of inflexibility irritates me. I don't like wasting screen space. I also don't like using software that irritates me. It's strange because Microsoft was one of the pioneers of the "Customize" concept of the application's interface, where you could remove and rearrange items as you saw fit.

They forgot to mention that they also release for: (1)

fadir (522518) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407507)

- iPhone
- Amiga
- Mac OS 9
- Atari

and many more via there new "really universal binary".

[random comment about throwing chairs] (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27407571)

[random pessimistic comment about anything microsoft] and/or [april fools something or other]

can I get modded up now too?

92/100 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27407593)

I am using Seamonkey 2.0a3 (alpha version). The score on the Acid3 is 92/100. I wonder how production browsers score much lower than that.

And so it begins... (1)

Kjella (173770) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407643)

...the 24 hour endless stream of April Fool's day jokes. Will there be ponies?

Re:And so it begins... (1)

HillBilly (120575) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407731)

Yup.. slashdot wont be worth visiting for the next day or so.

Quality not quantity people...

Re:And so it begins... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27407737)

Closer to 48-hour.

Re:And so it begins... (1)

Legion_SB (1300215) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407963)

People sometimes ask me if I could put up with a whole day where I'm cut off from my up-to-the-second news sources, my RSS feeds, my constant torrent of media.

I say to them, yes, I do it every April 1st. And I end up with the shakes and it strengthens my resolve to never willingly unplug.

At least there are video games. Sweet, blissful, calendar-unaware video games.

Idle pursuits (1)

westlake (615356) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407647)

I think I can safely say that Slashdot will be running on empty for at least the next twenty-four hours.

it's march you fools, even where i am. (1)

rgbe (310525) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407679)

that 71/100 score looks _exactly_ the same as Firefox. ... and when on Earth is MS going to use opensource to this degree!?

IETab for IE 8.1 (5, Funny)

mistapotta (941143) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407691)

Can I run IE Tab [mozilla.org] on Internet Explorer and make the world explode?

Note to self: (1)

Dynedain (141758) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407715)

Do not read slashdot for the 24-36 hours. Especially if the article has anything to do with your line of work.

Re:Note to self: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27407875)

Plz to mod parent up to +6, Insightful. Kthxbye.

Re:Note to self: (2, Informative)

linuxci (3530) | more than 5 years ago | (#27408083)

Do not read slashdot for the 24-36 hours. Especially if the article has anything to do with your line of work.

Most of the slashdot April fool posts are totally unbelievable anyway. As for other times I know that slashdot is more for killing time than using as a reliable news source.

Now as there's still 2 hours to go before April 1st here I almost believed the headline. As I mentioned in another post plugins (e.g. Flash) are not extensions (e.g. Flashblock). All browsers except IE support the same plugin API, so if IE wanted to be seen to make developers lives easier they'd support it (they used to back when IE was the underdog). The API is the Netscape Plugin API (NPAPI) as it was first implemented in the Netscape browsers.

Extensions on the other hand are browser specific and serve a different purpose to plugins. Plugins are for displaying content that would otherwise be unsupported, whereas extensions add extra functionality to the browser.

Scrap Trident, Use FF or Webkit (1)

WebmasterNeal (1163683) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407783)

Isn't it about time to fire all the IE developers responsible for the Trident rendering engine and just use another open source rendering engine? I mean if they're going to go through all the trouble of incorporating the other engines in IE why even bother developing Trident anymore?

It'll never get out of R&D (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27407821)

The sad truth about most of the stuff we do in the R&D lab is it never comes out of the labs. This is especially true of product-line-threatening works like Singularity, which could compete internally with Windows (apparently they don't care if it's win-win, they don't want to have to go through the fight with themselves); much less a browser that makes migration to other browsers--firefox, safari--much easier by using the same rendering engine and plug-ins. Most Linux ports of server and desktop software gets killed pretty fast, for instance.

If only (1)

Daimanta (1140543) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407889)

I would love to see this happening. Alas, the 1st April is nearing and /. is to be taken even less seriously than it usually is.

If the IE team would support FF add-ons and the FF rendering engine I would personally send them a cake. Seriously. Here's to my vain hope that an MS exec will read this and think it's a great idea. Never take away a person's dreams.

Firefox 8.1 more like (1)

Mehall (1494975) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407895)

I for one belief that this could be the next release of IE. Note, I said "could" not "would". Want to know how? They can get the source to Firefox (or any OTHER browser that isn't IE) and make that with their own modifications. That's certainly a good way to get it to run FF addons too ;)

Firefox daily builds trounce IE (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27407899)

The firefox daily builds do 94/100 on acid3

OMG (1)

Ryan Monster (767204) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407911)

Early PONIES!!!

We've been SO HAD! (1)

tjstork (137384) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407931)

Little blurb in article:

"Graph created in Excel to showcase superiority..."

Extensions are not plugins (4, Informative)

linuxci (3530) | more than 5 years ago | (#27407937)

Extensions are not plugins. Take a look in your Firefox addons menu if you don't believe me. Plugins are things like Flash, they're written to a specification (NPAPI) that originates in the Netscape days, it is supported by all major browser makers EXCEPT Microsoft. That's why on Windows there's two versions of Flash (not talking 32/64 bit issues here) one for IE and one for everyone else.

IE used to support the Netscape plugins API, but removed it around about IE5.5 if I remember, the idea was to force developers to write an IE version (ActiveX) if they wanted to support IE. They were probably hoping that plugin developers would have just developed for the more popular IE and ignore Netscape, finally killing browser competition off for good.

Fortunately the increase in popularity of alternative vouchers has kept the NPAPI alive, meaning that plugins written for one browser will work on them all.

Now the problem with plugins is they're written in compiled code and therefore a version needs to be written for each OS. Extensions on the other hand are usually written in XUL and JavaScript and so extensions will normally work on any platform, but extensions are specific to a particular browser. So plugins are OS specific, extensions are browser specific.

So when I read that IE8.1 supports Firefox plugins, my first thought was that IE was bringing back support for the NPAPI that they removed in IE5.5 making it easier for plugin developers. I knew that it was not possible that IE could support Firefox extensions. That would be almost impossible to implement for anything more than the most trivial extension.

Best April Fools EVER (4, Insightful)

tjstork (137384) | more than 5 years ago | (#27408001)

If you skim the thing, it seems pretty real, but once you get into it, you find gems like:

"[Pauses to answer a call from his iPhone]"

"Internet Explorer has always been the leader of executing client-side scripts, but that didnâ(TM)t stop Microsoft from continuing its thirst for excellence by including a completely new JavaScript engine called JSE, which stands for JavaScript Speedy Engine"

This article is just great...what sucks for Microsoft is, everyone wishes this article were true!

Why isn't this headline PINK? (4, Insightful)

fruity_pebbles (568822) | more than 5 years ago | (#27408029)

April Fool's deserves the full color treatment!

Reference Rendering Results: (1)

VeNoM0619 (1058216) | more than 5 years ago | (#27408037)

While the reference rendering fails on FF 3.0.7 with just gray background (no boxes).
Yet somehow IE6 gets all the colored boxes in the middle...

Why the hell did they make the REFERENCE rendering a web page instead of an image is just beyond me.

Fir5St post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27408045)

bureaucratic and writing 1s on the Baby take my

Safari 4 beta scores 100/100 (1)

SnapperHead (178050) | more than 5 years ago | (#27408057)

I just ran the test and Safari 4 scored 100/100. I am fairly surprised about this.

FINALLY (1)

shicaca (899698) | more than 5 years ago | (#27408077)

I've been waiting for a long time coming for IE to support some kind of USEFUL addons. If they get Foxmarks to flawlessly integrate into IE, I'm there. I love Firefox for filling the void that existed b/c of Microsoft, HOWEVER, I do NOT enjoy its (IMHO) lackluster performance vs the newer IE's... Not to mention it always seems my computers run a bit more on high power with Firefox than with IE...

Now... (1)

frank_adrian314159 (469671) | more than 5 years ago | (#27408123)

the newest version of Internet Explorer... supports Firefox plugins

Now if we could only get Google Chrome to do the same.

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