IE8 to ship in standards mode

Microsoft has announced its decision to ship IE8 in standards mode.

Aaron Gustafson created great controversy on his A List Apart article ‘Beyond the Doctype: web standards, forward compatibility, and IE8′, which led to hundreds of comments against the idea that a meta tag should be used to render IE8 in the new standards mode:

<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=8" />

I think MS realised the huge implications for business the new change was going to make. For now we can relax and wait for the inevitable problems ahead that IE8 will bring.