Blogger presses Gates for IE8 answers

No 'deep secret' about browser, he says, but Web developers say secrecy's a problem

Dave had a different take. "Wow, *that* was poorly calculated. For months, interested parties (including former colleagues) have begged and pleaded Microsoft for information about IE8. Now, with everyone's attention and an opportunity to impress the Web development community with substance, this blog instead opens with a substance-free post about product's upcoming name. Did I miss the joke, or was the joke on me?"

And finally, someone using the nickname "Irritated senior manager" pinned the blame on Hachamovitch. "In twelve months your policy of silence has attracted more negative perception for the product that you manage than for any other product at any time in Microsoft's history.

"However good IE8 may or may not be, for the first time in the browser's history the result of your use of 'omerta' will mean that most developers won't really care. Gaining acceptance will now be a great deal harder than it might otherwise have been, and MUCH harder than should ever have been necessary."

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