This is ridiculous. There's a list which is called 'Microsoft’s IE 8 incompatibility list: 2,400 major sites (and counting)'. Rumour is Microsoft created this list themselves. On it are Microsoft.com, Google.com, Hyves.nl, Facebook.com, Wikipedia.org, YouTube.com et cetera et cetera.
Take a look at the list and you find out that with IE 8 you have yourself the latest browser from Microsoft with which you can't go on the internet :).
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And ofcourse this was to be expected.