It's very commendable that the MSIE team has decided that IE8 will do "Standards Mode" by default
. It's not often people change their minds
. Especially in this case where they are going to cause themselves a huge PITA when they have to assuage all of their "intranet costumers" to upgrade to yet-another-browser-version that is going to break their sites. It's good to see this kind of support coming out of Microsoft.