Thursday, December 6th, 2007

Conversation with Bill Gates about IE8 and Microsoft Transparency

Category: IE

Molly Holzschlag got a chance to talk directly to Bill Gates about IE 8.

Here is my revised and edited version of the conversation:

MOLLY: Why the hell aren’t we able to talk about IE 8?
BILL: I’ll have to ask Dean what the hell is going on.
MOLLY: I do realize that there is a new engine, so we can’t talk about it?
BILL: I’ll have to ask Dean what the hell is going on.
JENNIFER: Come to MIX 08.
BILL: We don’t want to set expectations.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:04 pm

4.2 rating from 36 votes


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I read the post yesterday. Great synopsis. hahaha *thumbsup*

Comment by naterkane — December 6, 2007

Hahaha.. Dion.. that’s exactly all there was said! (great link though, I totally forgot about Molly)

Comment by Marc — December 6, 2007

I can’t help feeling that Microsoft needs to be a little more open and upfront with what is going on – I’m glad bill gate *will* look into it. After all, IE is one thing we developers have to work with on a daily basis. It has a serious impact on our jobs – and well, the whole world actually.

Comment by Marc — December 6, 2007

…that’s funny. Interested to hear the follow up from Dean regarding “what the hell is going on”. —btw, can’t see myself ever using that same line at work: “if you don’t hear from me in the next couple mos, it doesn’t mean I’m not working”

Comment by Mark Holton — December 6, 2007

IE8? They oughta use the Firefox engine and slap a Microsoft IE interface around it and publish it as open-source, distributed as a mandatory upgrade for every computer running Windows ME or newer, including all pirated versions of Windows.

One can only dream…

Comment by Marcel — December 7, 2007

“In the meantime, please don’t mistake silence for inaction”

So us developers should forget the six years of silence between IE6 and IE7.

Comment by Chris Phillips — December 7, 2007

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