Internet Explorer 8 official release imminent
Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) has been in its second beta since August and a post on Microsoft’s blog on Wednesday stated the company was “about to release” IE8 RC1 (Release Candidate 1) for Windows XP and Vista.
Microsoft plans to deliver the first official release candidate of the next version of Internet Explorer on Monday, according to a reliable insider. Microsoft’s definition of release candidate simply means that the code is stable and the feature set is complete.
Check the article after the break for details, screenshots and an official link to download Microsoft IE8 from Microsoft.com!
Update: As expected, Microsoft has released IE8 RC1 and it is available for download from Microsoft. In typical Microsoft fashion there are some KB articles you need to read before installing — check the links for IE8 RC1 by clicking the link below!
Microsoft originally had hoped to release the final version of IE8 before the end of 2008, however as with many Microsoft releases, the software was pushed back. Microsoft has changed their release strategy in recent times, listening to the beta tester before setting firm release dates and releasing a buggy and unstable version of their software.
IE8 contains new features such as Web Slices, Search Suggestions, InPrivate Browsing, and Compatibility View. Web Slices lets users subscribe to pages, news feeds or eBay auctions. Developers would be able to write Web Slices that allow users to organize and manage various subscriptions and events. InPrivate Browsing keeps Internet Explorer 8 from adding any sites you visit to Browsing History. Now you can shop for that special gift with confidence knowing your family won’t accidentally find out. And IE8’s Compatibility View enables you to display websites that were designed for older browsers.
Performance is also a major trend in OS and Browser development these days. With Windows 7 destined to be a much better performer than XP or Vista, Microsoft has always promised that IE8 will be much faster at loading, browsing and overall performance. IE7’s constant crashes have also been addressed with Microsoft saying that overall stability has been improved as well.