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Microsofts Internet Explorer 8 RC1 Web Browser Released

Posted: 27th Jan, 2009 By: MarkJ
Software giant Microsoft has finally released what could be the last test (Released Candidate 1) version of its forthcoming Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) website browser before the final code is complete. The previous Beta 2 release showed promise but was hampered by performance and website rendering problems:

Official IE Blog - What's New

The team will post more about all changes between Beta 2 and RC. In brief:

  • Platform Complete. The technical community should expect the final IE8 release to behave as the Release Candidate does. The IE8 product is effectively complete and done. We’ll post separately about the thousands of additional test cases we’re contributing to the W3C. We've listened very carefully to feedback from the betas. With the Release Candidate, we’re listening carefully for critical issues.

  • Reliability, Performance, and Compatibility improvements. We’ve studied the telemetry feedback about the browser's underlying quality and addressed many issues.

  • Security. We’ve worked closely with people in the security community to enable consumer-ready clickjacking protection. Sites can now protect themselves and their users from clickjacking attacks “out of the box,” without impacting compatibility or requiring browser add-ons. We also made some changes to InPrivate based on feedback from customers and partners.
We also made some changes to the user experience based on feedback. For example, based on data about how people use actually it, we made fitting more items on the Favorites bar easier. (Note that the IE8 Release Candidate is for Windows Vista, XP, and Server only; Windows 7 users will get an updated IE8 with the next update of Windows 7.

We've yet to try the new version ourselves but those interesting in giving it a whirl can grab it at the link below:

http://www.microsoft.com/ie8
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