A few days ago, the IE team reports, the internal build of Internet Explorer 8 passed the Acid2 browser test, which is used to ensure proper support for web standards. This is not the case with IE7, take a look at the picture on the right, it should render to a nice smiley...
During the first half of 2008 a (public) beta of Internet Explorer 8 will be released, which is great news. I really hope that we all will get the opportunity to test quite early builds so the community can have their say. Internet Explorer is the browser that receives the most complaints, so if a lot of web standards devotees have their saying in the development/evolution process of the next generation IE we will probably get a better browser.
My guess is that with some luck we will have a new Internet Explorer to download for next Christmas.
If you are interested in some more reading on the predictions on Microsoft releases for 2008 during the weekends then check out Mary Jo Foleys - What's on Microsoft's agenda for 2008 or Steven Binks - What to expect from Microsoft in 2008.