I don't understand all the IE8 hate.
The visual style is essentially the same as every other window within windows... to hate the IE8 visual style means you must hate Windows visual style.
Considering how many of you "doctor-up" your Windows with fancy themes and the likes, I guess I can understand how ya'll would feel this way towards IE8. I just don't fancy themes and such cause they always seem to just burden the system unnecessarily.
IE8 seems every bit as fast as FF for me. Pages load about the same. If there's any difference it's in milli-seconds, if not nano-seconds.
As to Chrome- I've never used it. IE8 suffices. Love the 64-bit version cause most flash ads and such are naturally blocked.