Download Internet Explorer 8 RC1

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When I first tried out Internet Explorer 8 beta 1, I quickly uninstalled it because it just wouldn’t stay without crashing ever few minutes. When Beta 2 was released, I was a bit reluctant to make the jump but the geek inside me wouldn’t let me not install it. And, i was impressed.

Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 is more stable and a lot easier to work with than the Beta 1. I’ve had this running on my laptop for a long time. Internet Explorer RC1 has been released yesterday.

What’s new in RC1? From the IEBlog:

  • 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.

IE8RC1-about

Here are direct download links:

Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 RC1 for Vista / 2008 [13.23MB]

Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 RC1 for XP [16.16MB]

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