Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 25th Feb 2008 22:09 UTC
Internet Explorer Microsoft has sent an e-mail to a select number of its previous beta testers regarding the upcoming release of IE8 beta 1. "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."
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by poundsmack on Mon 25th Feb 2008 22:36 UTC
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I have been holding out on getting vista because i have been waiting for 2 things to be bundled in it and not required as a seperate install, SP 1 and IE 8. I am glad to see development is moving along and i am even more excited that it apparently is much more standards compliant. I look forward to reviews on the beta when it is released.

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by Adam S on Mon 25th Feb 2008 22:59 in reply to "good"
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I got Vista, and let me tell you: hold off! Trust me!

As for IE8, I welcome it. I'm sure it will hit the torrents within seconds of being offered for dl.

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by Clinton on Tue 26th Feb 2008 04:01 in reply to "RE: good"
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I'll second that. I just got Vista for my wife last week and it is s-l-o-w.

The installer is a big improvement over XP, but other than that, I'm not seeing too much to be happy about.

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by truckweb on Mon 25th Feb 2008 23:05 in reply to "good"
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I just hope that it's going to be better than FireFox 3.0 Beta 3.

I'm having problems with it, from disappearing menu, right click menu that just open a black box. I've got some problems with Flash media player where the GUI of the applet seems to flicker all the time. And some problems with layout of web pages. (I'm using Vista X64).

FireFox 2 is much better and they have a long way to go until FF 3 turns Gold.

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by Mellin on Mon 25th Feb 2008 23:16 in reply to "RE: good"
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That's why they call it beta ^_^

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by stestagg on Tue 26th Feb 2008 13:09 in reply to "RE: good"
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Get filing bug reports if you want to improve FF3 then. I've not experiences any of theose problems in my FF3b3 install, so it could be that you are an edge case that the devs aren't aware of yet.

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by eggs on Tue 26th Feb 2008 19:24 in reply to "RE: good"
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You should have tried FireFox 3 Beta 2... I haven't had any issues with beta 3 yet.

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by MordEth on Wed 27th Feb 2008 03:27 in reply to "RE: good"
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It sounds like your problem is not specific to Firefox, if you're having problems with Flash, etc. You may want to try uninstalling it and doing a clean install. I know someone who earlier this week suddenly had Windows tell him that the Firefox executable was not a valid win32 application (I talked him through reinstalling it), so don't be so quick to blame the application and not Windows. @.~

You might also try the nightly builds. I've been using them as my default browser for over two months, now, and they have some very spoiling features (the new location bar, for one) that are not duplicated in any other browser. It's unbelievably awesome to be able to type part of the title of a page to pull it from history in the location bar (e.g. a movie title to get pages on IMDb that do not contain this in their URL).

From what I've heard so far, the only notable feature about IE 8 will be that, if you include a tag that will fail validation, IE will finally give something close to standards support. I'm completely underwhelmed. Just one more flawed browser to support when designing pages.

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