Microsoft has announced that IE8 will support web standards by default. That's a 180 degree turn from its previous statement that IE8, while being capable of improved support, would be shipped with the features disabled. The reasoning was backward compatibility with sites designed for older versions, but it now appears smarter heads have prevailed. Web designers are of course rejoicing at the prospect of not having to build a separate stylesheet for IE. Of course, IE6 will likely be hanging around for years to come.