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• January 27, 2009 •

Microsoft Releases Internet Explorer 8 Release Candidate 1

Internet Explorer 8 Release Candidate 1

Yesterday Microsoft announced the release of Internet Explorer 8 Release Candidate 1 (RC1). This release is the first update sice the public Beta 2 release last August.

According to Microsoft, IE8 RC1 is "Platform Complete", which means that Microsoft won't be adding (or removing) any futures from IE8. Dean Hachamovitch, General Manager of Microsoft's IE development team pointed out a new security feature that was added after Beta 2: "We've worked closely with people in the security community to enable consumer-ready clickjacking protection. Sites can now protect themselves and their users from clickjacking attacks "out of the box," without impacting compatibility or requiring browser add-ons."

According to Dean Microsoft also made some changes to the InPrivate function. This function lets you control whether or not IE saves your browsing history, cookies, and other data (popularly known as "porn" mode).

Users who have already installed a beta of IE8 will soon be offered an upgrade to RC1 automatically via Windows Update, but if you can't wait, I have the direct download link below.

If you like to try IE8 RC1, I must strongly urge you to read the Release Notes first. There are several applications that will need updating or that will not work at all with RC1, so make sure you check before you install.

Operating System

IE8 will run on these operating systems:

  • Windows Vista x64 and x86
  • Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) x64 and x86
  • Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2)
  • Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3)
  • Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
  • Windows Server 2008 x64 and x86
  • Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2) x64 and x86

You can download IE8 RC1 from Microsoft's Windows Internet Explorer 8 page. IE8 RC1 is available in 25 languages.

Note: If you are running Windows 7 Beta, you will not be able to install IE8 RC1. You will get an error message saying that your operating system is not supported since IE8 already ships in Win7. According to Microsoft Windows 7 users will get an updated IE8 with the next update of Windows 7.

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