Looks like Microsoft have done a u-turn on the old IE 8 debate and have now decided to have IE8 run as IE8 by default. This marks a big change and means web developers will not have to opt-in to run it this way.
I’m just in the process of reading the IE Blog so I’m not sure of all the details just yet but this looks like a big win for web standardists.
I say look out for a post on A List Apart pretty soon. Take a look for yourself if you are in anyway interested.