Just announced over on the IE blog, they’ve listened to the community and changed the way IE8 will behave with respect to rendering modes. Originally you would have had to put a tag in to tell it to behave the “right” way… now you have to put a tag in to tell it to behave the old, “broken” way.
This was a damned if you do, damned if you don’t decision. Some people wanted it backwards compatible and some people wanted it forwards. I agree with the forwards compatible personally and am glad to see them change their stance on this.
One thing’s for certain: the IE team is listening… and that can only be a good thing.