This is going to be one of the most linked to ALA articles and the source of controversy and dicsussion in months (years) to come.
There must have been thunderous complaints that Microsoft received from big enterprise clients. I do not see what else would drive them to look for a solution like this.
I read it twice and still can’t decide is this good or bad. On one hand, it is a way to prevent urgent evening calls from clients that some customers are reporting site is not looking ok. In the past, I frequently stated this is not a problem for me, but I can understand that it is not something everyone would accept.
It saddens me a bit that cleaning up the web will not be a viable future at all. If IE8 has gone fully standard-oriented, I assumed that in 8-10 years majority of web sites on the Internet would be standard-compliant. It might still be that way…
At least the basis (IE8, FF3, Safari 3) would be good.