Posted by: kurtsh | January 27, 2009

BETA: Internet Explorer 8 Release Candidate 1 releases

image I am pleased to announce that we have released Internet Explorer 8 Release Candidate 1 (RC1) in 25 languages for Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server. 

I encourage you to install it and use it on your non-Windows 7* machines at home and at work.

There is no question that IE 8 is the best browser.    More than 80% faster than IE7 in common micro-benchmarks and designed for the way people really use the web, IE8 is:

  • Faster for accomplishing tasks, from mapping a location to checking the status of an auction.  In side-by-side measures of speed, IE8 was as fast or faster than Firefox in opening top websites more than 50% of the time.  The rest of the time you need an ultra-slow motion video camera to catch the difference between IE8, Firefox and Google Chrome.
  • Easier to find information, to navigate, to search, to work with tabs.  Accelerators and Web Slices blur the lines between the online services that make each person’s browsing unique and the browser itself, making the IE8 experience richer.
  • Safer and more reliable with advanced privacy protection that no other browser can match.

Now is the time for you to start running IE8 at home and at work.  Get IE8 RC1 at

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