Wednesday, December 17, 2008

IE8 Release Candidate Almost Ready

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Good news for the Internet Explorer fans out there, Microsoft has said they are almost ready to make public their first release candidate of IE8.

In their exclusive first look of IE8 RC1 TgDaily writes
Microsoft quietly released the first update to its IE8 beta 2 to its closest partners last week. This new version is marked as “Release Candidate 1” and is expected to be the final IE8 pre-release update Microsoft intends to make available to the public sometime in the first quarter of 2009

In an interview with eWEEK, Dean Hachamovitch, general manager of Internet Explorer for Microsoft, said, "If I had a bumper sticker in mind for this it would say: 'Developers, start your engines.'" Hachamovitch declined to provide details about what kinds of new functionality and fixes will be in the RC, only stating the RC is just around the corner.

Internet Explorer 8 has been in public beta testing since back in March. As reported at that time, Microsoft was adding several new features to the browsers. Private browsing, search suggestions, automatic crash recovery and a new favorites bar are listed amongst the new user features.

Users wanting to try out the current IE 8 beta can get it via the IE 8 download page.According to TgDaily a final public and feature-complete pre-release won't become available until some time in the first part of 2009.

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