What’s Next for IE8

What’s Next for IE8

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Dean Hachamovitch, General Manager for Internet Explorer, has posted today on the IEBlog about what’s next for IE8. Dean and his team have been busy analyzing all the data sent in since the release of Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 (which is a huge amount data). Based on feedback received on the transition from the IE7 Beta to final release – the IE Team wants to be clear about the plan for IE8. Dean highlights what’s next for IE8:

We will release one more public update of IE8 in the first quarter of 2009, and then follow that up with the final release. Our next public release of IE (typically called a “release candidate”) indicates the end of the beta period. We want the technical community of people and organizations interested in web browsers to take this update as a strong signal that IE8 is effectively complete and done. They should expect the final product to behave as this update does. We want them to test their sites and services with IE8, make any changes they feel are necessary for the best possible customer experience using IE8, and report any critical issues (e.g., issues impacting robustness, security, backwards compatibility, or completeness with respect to planned standards work). Our plan is to deliver the final product after listening for feedback about critical issues.

If you haven’t already – download Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 today and let the IE Team know what you think. You can also read my in-depth post on IE8 Beta 2 here.

You should also check out these 15 awesome IE8 demo videos as well to see some of IE8’s features in action such as the Favorites Bar, Web Slices, and Accelerators.

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  • Shar50
    1 Posts

    I now have IE8 and it works ok but one problem I am having. When I set the popup blocker to NOT play a sound, it still does. Every time a popup is blocked I hear it. This is very annonying!

    Also, how do I copy a web address? When I go to a website, the name of the site is displayed in the address bar instead of the full web address.

  • Duane Duane
    52463 Posts

    experienced problems with windows internet landings 8 i believe, but correct on this issue thank you

  • Link
    5 Posts

    IE8 is currently heavy on recourses, I expect the code to thin out before the release candidate. I would also expect the interface to work properly, currently toolbars are a little shaky. That aside I'd also like to see the browser *completely* cut off from the OS this time, I'm tried of having infection after infection come in via IE because of how built into the OS IE is. Every time a customer comes to my shop with a virus, the first thing I tell thim is to start using Firefox, Opera, or Safari as all three are far more secure than IE. Firefox with NoScript and Mcafee Site Advisor is my choice of browser. Spyware? What spyware?

  • I feel that you in Microsoft should have been woring with the preformance in IE8, because it uses too much RAM and CPU! Annother thing is that when you click on the stop button, it should stop, not load the half page.


  • BuckFix
    36 Posts
  • toonces, to uninstall IE8 Beta 2 - in Windows Vista go to Control Panel and choose "Uninstall a program" under Programs. In the left hand navigation bar - choose "View installed updates". There you should see a listing for Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 where you can then proceed to uninstall.



  • toonces
    3 Posts

    How do I uninstall it?  Not seeing it in Control Panel\Programs.