The web standards community will probably remember today as the coldest day in hell. Microsoft have announced that the latest build of IE8 successfully passes the Acid 2 test. For those who don’t know what Acid 2 is, it’s a test page created by the Web Standards Project for browser vendors to use as a method for validating the standards compliance of their products. The fact that IE8 passes Acid 2 must have silenced a few of Microsoft’s critics.

This news seems to have come at the worst time for Opera’s antitrust complaint against Microsoft. The complaint was filed only a week ago but it already seems to be loosing it’s footing as a major part of the complaint was based around Microsoft’s lack of support for web standards.