It seems that Microsoft has reversed their previous decision to make Internet Explorer 8 crippled by default. They will be enabling the standards compliant mode by default in IE8, and webmasters will have to use the
X-UA-Compatible header to force it into IE7 mode, for sites that can’t be updated immediately. Huzzah for progress!
And on that note, I’ll mention that Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 is available for download. Go break the web!