Why IE8 will kill my SharePoint Development Experience

Recently, Microsoft released IE8, which is probably great for some people. but not so much for me. You see, IE8 introduces several features which changes the way I must do development work on SharePoint. In short, IE8 kills my SharePoint development experience by forcing me to do a lot more to accomplish the same tasks that were easy before.

I’ve posted a YouTube video to demonstrate one such feature:

Oh, and yes, I realize I can work around this issue. I realize that there is a security motivation for this. I still think it, plain and outright, sucks.

No, changing browsers wont help. I don’t care if FF or Opera has a certain feature set. I’m not looking for that, I am looking to get IE8 to behave as IE7 and not force me to work twice as hard to do simple stuff.

What do you think, do you use IE8 for SharePoint development? What are your thoughts so far?


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Bjørn Furuknap

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6 thoughts on “Why IE8 will kill my SharePoint Development Experience”

  1. Well, waddaya know, that works very nicely, Jens.

    Of course, it’s still a workaround, but at least it’s a lot less effort than some of the other workarounds 🙂

    Thanks for the tip! Now all I need to do is find a way to get rid of that horrible tab-coloring.


  2. Those colors are great ! They represents groups. So you can create groups now.

    You can close a group
    You can bookmark a group and re-open a group again.

    I didn’t know if you notice but if you have two groups and you want one page to join another you can drag that tab between the other tabs and it will join the group.

    I love IE8 !

    Did you see the “Develeper tools ?
    Try the “F12” key. it’s very very very nice !

    Good luck !


  3. Jens: Absolutely amazing, it looks like I might be able to upgrade after all.

    Actually, one more thing I need: A new Ferrari. Can you conjure up that as well?

    Await an updated blog post shortly.



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