Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1

Microsoft has finally gone ahead and released Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1. This release is aimed at Web Developers and Testers to understand what Microsoft has in store.

Considering that the browser is still so fresh, an emulate Internet Explorer 7 button has been put in to browse the web similar to using Internet Explorer 7.

Five new features have been introduced / enhanced in IE8. Activities, WebSlices, Favorites Bar, Automatic Crash Recovery and an improved Phishing Filter. Domain Highlighting has also been introduced, where the top level domain in the address bar is highlighted to ensure that users can easily check the site they are browsing.

You can grab hold of IE8 now if you are looking forward to give it a test ride. Use the links below for direct download.

Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 
Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 for Windows Vista x64 Edition and Windows Server 2008 x64 Edition
Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 for Window XP SP2
Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 for Windows Server 2003 SP2
Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 for Windows Server 2003 SP2 x64 Edition and Windows XP SP2 Pro x64 Edition

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