@battlebottle I like the clear type in IE8 better. Obviously you cannot tell me and million others that I am not right and I do not like clear type better because I know best what I like. It seems like codedj likes IE8 font rendering better. If it is not clear what is better then there should be an option. BTW Visual Studio team decided that the old clear type is better. Why does the IE team think otherwise?
They have a post about the new rendering. They claim it is more correct. I don't care if it is more correct I care that it looks bad. It looks bad because of the low DPI on our displays. Make it an option or something. Otherwise I'll just force IE9 to work like IE8 or migrate to Chrome.
@Charles I believe you should be logged into Connect to see it. Basically it is about the new font rendering that is supposed to be correct but looks terrible (on low DPI displays like all mainstream monitors). It is the same problem that VS2010 had with the switch to WPF.
If they release with the unreadable crappy font rendering I am turning on compatibility view forever. Good for all the standards work isn't it? Also you will have to ban me from channel 9 and the IE blog because I will use some very bad words.
While I agree that Reflector has all the right reasons to become a payed app I don't believe the comparison with Visual Studio Express is justified. The Visual Studio vendor (Microsoft) owns the ecosystem and charges for the operating system AND for servers like SQL Server. It also charges for other products which Visual Studio supports development for like Office and Sharepoint. It is not hard to realise that Windows-only programs (the kind developed with Visual Studio) strengthen the MS ecosystem and thus increase profits from Windows, Office and other products. This is how all other developer tools nowadays are financed. This is how Oracle makes NetBeans free for example. That being said "at the end of the day you have to eat" is not valid argument for Visual Studio (but it is for Reflector).
As a developer I would like to see Microsoft practicing what they preach ("Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers!" anyone?) and give us (developers in the MS ecosystem) more and better free tools than other ecosystems instead of exactly the opposite. Of course this is MS's decision to make. As developers (or decision makers) ours decision to make is to choose development platform and the availability of free tools is surely a part of this decision.