Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 launched

A few backs Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 was in talks as it had passed the ACID 2 test. Now it looks like the Browser has hit the beta 1 milestone. Microsoft sent out a letter to some selected beta testers offering them a chance to try out the technical preview of Internet Explorer 8 beta 1. The contents of the mail were

Greetings from the Internet Explorer Team! We are nearing the launch of Windows Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 and we will be making it available for the general public to download and test. IE8 Beta 1 is focused on the developer community, with the goal of gaining valuable feedback to improve Internet Explorer 8 during the development process. We have identified you as a qualified beta tester and we would like to offer an opportunity to join our limited technical beta program for Windows Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1. Participation in the Technical Beta will enable you to evaluate a common release of Windows Internet Explorer 8, the ability to submit feedback, post bug reports, download software answer surveys on product quality as well as vote on top bugs filed by others from the technical beta program. This is a very exclusive program, by invitation only. The only way to submit feedback is to enroll in the Windows Internet Explorer 8 Technical Beta program

The mail states that it is available to a selected few but it does say that it will be available for general public to download and test. However, it is unlikely that it will be available soon as Microsoft has planned to give a first taste of the browser at MIX 08.

via ActiveWin


  1. jsanderz says:

    Thanks for the info, I think less and less people are using it, in favour of Firefox.
    I may give the beta version a try.

  2. Jawwad says:

    hah can’t wait to see that how it fares with the latest version of Firefox 3.0. For the time being actually I am not a big fan IE 7.0 to be honest.

  3. I am a fan of IE8. Its got some awesome features but its somehow slow on my old P3 500mhz PC when I tested it. Firefox 3 beta 5 was a couple of times faster then IE8 when i tested it in my P3 computer….

    I wonder when would be their final versions..