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. Weâ€™ll post separately about the thousands of additional test cases weâ€™re contributing to the W3C. We’ve listened very carefully to feedback from the betas. With the Release Candidate, weâ€™re listening carefully for critical issues.
- Reliability, Performance, and Compatibility improvements. Weâ€™ve studied the telemetry feedback about the browser’s underlying quality and addressed many issues.
- Security. Weâ€™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 â€œout of the box,â€ without impacting compatibility or requiring browser add-ons.Â We also made some changes to InPrivate based on feedback from customers and partners.
Here are direct download links:
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 RC1 for Vista / 2008 [13.23MB]
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 RC1 for XP [16.16MB]