Internet Explorer 9 is coming
Internet Explorer 9 has been released in beta form with a full release due in the next few months. As a web designer and front end developer, I've been looking forward to the new browser because it promises to support more CSS3 properties than IE8. Many of these properties have been supported by other browsers, such as Firefox, Safari and Chrome, for some time – so we are now getting to a stage where a lot of CSS3 methods and properties will be visible across a wider range of browsers. Hurrah!
Impressive Webs has summarised the CSS3 support in IE9 and it's great to see properties like border-radius, box-shadow, opacity and RGB(a) colours supported. Of course, your design will determine whether you decide to use border-radius for rounded corners or box-shadow for subtle shadow effects but I predict a big increase in usage of these over the next year or so. Even if these do not make it into your final designs, the ease in which you can try them out and show to clients makes a great deal of sense. Of course, you could use these properties before now, and I know that websites need not look the same in all browsers, but I've always had problems convincing clients that some design elements would only be visible to a relatively small audience. Not any more.