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Wonder how long until comments are shutdown or they just turn to censoring.
Points to them for being open, it doesn't seem like a publicity stunt so far.
The entire thing is nothing but PR. MS do not have their heads in the sand, they already know what needs to be addressed.
The question is what will be done, when, and why. They already know (have known for years) and as usual are not saying - probably beacause few outside of MS will like their answer.
Let's see the IEBlog for what it is - simply a corporate public relations channel, with all the advantages and caveats that that brings. Microsoft are obviously concerned about the PR debacle of the last few weeks over the state of IE. I don't think that the IEBlog itself will change much, but Microsoft do listen, and they are very sensitive to the importance of keeping the developer community on their side. The IEBlog is surely part of that effort to assuage the barrage of developer criticism and an attempt to downplay the abandonment of IE over the last couple of years.
It's a very small step, but a step forward nevertheless.