Just as he was the first to talk about IE7, Bill Gates kept the tradition alive and discussed IE8 at the Mix ‘n Mash event here on campus yesterday. Bill was talking to some bloggers about IE.Next and called it IE8, the same way we do here in the IE team hallway.
So, yes, the version after IE7 is IE8. We looked at a lot of options for the product name. Among the names we considered and ruled out:
IE 1000 (think binary)
IE for Web 2.0 (Service Pack 2)
IE Desktop Online Web Browser Live Professional Ultimate Edition for the Internet (the marketing team really pushed for this one ;-)
Ie2.079 (we might still use this for the Math Major Edition)
It’s good to see that if nothing else, the IE team still has a good sense of humor (of course, many would argue that after releasing IE 7, their sense of humor became immediately obvious, but as usual, I digress ;-)
On a serious note, how about we all join in on the fun: If you were in charge of coming up with the name+version number for the next version of IE, what would you choose?
To get things started, here’s my choice,
IE 8 w/ Integrated Support for XSLT 2.0+XQuery (A man can dream, can’t he?!)
Now you try, (this aught to be good ;-)