IE 8 Beta Unveiled

Nope, that’s not a typo. Even though it may be a little hard to believe, I made no mistake when I said Internet Explorer 8. On March 5, 2008 (just this past Wednesday), the Microsoft Corporation announced the arrival of Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 and told the public it is now available for download. Isn’t that amazing?! It hasn’t even been two years since IE 7 was released and Microsoft has already come this far with a brand new version. Make sure you keep reading for the entire scoop. This one’s a must see!

After the unveiling, Microsoft posted a link on their Web site that was titled “Beta 1 For Developers.” Now, that basically means this beta version is mainly meant for developers and designers so that they can test out the layout, the new tools, the programming, etc. However, anyone can access the link, so if you want to download and install the IE 8 preview, you most certainly can. Microsoft also made it clear that the IE 8 beta is available in separate versions for different operating systems (Windows XP, Vista, Server 2003 and Server 2008).

So, what can you expect from Internet Explorer 8? Well, there are going to be several “never seen before” features. One is a complete IE 8 Readiness Toolkit, which includes new tools like WebSlices and Activities. There will also be a newly redesigned Favorites bar, automatic crash recovery and improved anti-phishing filters. A lot of the new features are similar to what you’d find in the Safari Web browser for Macs, which is also pretty cool. Microsoft is obviously still working on putting IE 8 together, but if you download the preview, you can at least see some samples of what they’re doing. You can check it all out right here. Grab your copy today!

~ Erin