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First off, I would like to thank Microsoft for regrouping, restaffing, and developing Internet Explorer 9. There is much to be thankful for. Very soon, new Windows 7 users will have, by default and without any installation, a browser that supports

This is quite remarkable. I've been busily updating Dive Into HTML5, changing phrases like "no version of Internet Explorer supports..." to "versions of IE before 9.0 did not support..." I never, ever, ever thought this day would come. Thank you, Microsoft.

So here's a downer: what if this is it? What if, after years of increasing evangelism and fever-pitch hype and demos and speeches and books and talks and blogs and tweets and logos, Microsoft shifts direction once again, destaffs the IE team, and "deprioritizes" any notion of an IE 10? And all these promising technologies die on the vine, or at most, grow up to smack hard against the glass ceiling of "no version of Internet Explorer supports..."

What if this is as good as it gets?

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