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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IE 8 Vista Only?
by asupcb on Tue 26th Feb 2008 05:35 UTC
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2005-11-10

Will IE 8 be Vista only or will it also run on Windows XP? I'm not finding the info when I google search.

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RE: IE 8 Vista Only?
by abraxas on Tue 26th Feb 2008 05:44 in reply to "IE 8 Vista Only?"
abraxas Member since:
2005-07-07

Read the article.

Microsoft has previously said it is focusing on developers (read: web standards) with version 8, which is expected to be released in the first half of 2008 for both Windows XP and Windows Vista

Edited 2008-02-26 05:44 UTC

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RE[2]: IE 8 Vista Only?
by sakeniwefu on Tue 26th Feb 2008 06:01 in reply to "RE: IE 8 Vista Only?"
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2008-02-26

I don't know where the writer got that information from but it was not from the invitation nor from the IE devs' blog.
In the invitation it is stated that the beta 1 will be available in the first half of 2008. If MS actually gets the final version in 2008(both for XP and Vista) it might not be as revolutionary as they are selling.
Maybe in the end it turns out to be more like IE7+standards-mode.

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RE: IE 8 Vista Only?
by Kroc on Tue 26th Feb 2008 06:59 in reply to "IE 8 Vista Only?"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

What's worse, will it install over IE7?
Supporting IE is a joke. Every other browser vendor allows you to run multiple versions side by side and add/remove them as you please. Microsoft actually expect you to download an entire virtual machine, just to test in IE. It's insane, and I suspect IE8 will be just as difficult, causing take up to be slow, yet again.

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RE[2]: IE 8 Vista Only?
by unoengborg on Tue 26th Feb 2008 10:08 in reply to "RE: IE 8 Vista Only?"
unoengborg Member since:
2005-07-06

If IE8 is as standard compliant as they say, then there should be little need to actually test it in the browser, any method that validates that your code is standards compliant would do.

Both FF3 and webkit are resonably standards compliant so if your code looks good in them, it should look good in IE8 too. E.g FF3 passes the acid2 test, and does quite well on acid3 (59/100) that is targeted at ecma script standard compliance. Have anybody teste IE8 with acid3? Would be fun to know how well it does on acid3 (http://acid3.acidtests.org/).

The real problem is people that still runs IE6. They are the ones that will prevent web developers from building standard compliant websites that looks good in every browser.

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