Internet Explorer 8, RC1: Photos

Internet Explorer 8, RC1: Photos

Summary: Microsoft unveiled the final pre-release of Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) overnight. In this gallery we benchmark the latest release, and show you the new features in the world's most popular web browser.

TOPICS: Browser

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  • IE8 is available for Windows XP, Vista, Server 2003 and Server 2008 in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. Note that Microsoft has said that IE8 RC1 will not work in the current Windows 7 beta.

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  • During the install process, IE8 will prompt you to update Windows, IE and the Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool.

    IE8 RC1 also requires a restart before it will run.

    (Credit: Alex Serpo/

Topic: Browser


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  • ie8

  • IE8


    C++ programmers ... grotesque and cryptic bleep...for a reason...job security.
    Is it too late ?

    ADA95 ! ... we told you many years ago.

  • ACID3

    I notice the ACID3 test open in one of those tabs. I have not yet had the change to test out this new browser so i was wondering how it scored?
  • ACID3

    19/100 - it's one of the screenshots. Pitiful.
  • ACID3 Blah

    I'd prefer to see how it works in the real world and not test environments - both couldn't be more different.
  • Why Firefox 3.1beta 1

    Why Firefox 3.1 beta 1 since beta 2 has been released long ago (like 1 or 2 moths ago).. is that some kind of bias towards other browsers..?
    Out of all the (alpha/beta/RC) browsers listed here only for Firefox has been used an outdated version.
  • IE8/Safari/FireFox/Opera

    IE is still and will stay far away from Safari/fireFox/Opera Thanks to their Javascript compilator
  • Sunspider is crap.

    Sunspider might be considered "The benchmark" for Javascript performance, but that just shows how sad the state is. It's a lousy benchmark, or collection of micro-benchmarks - with all the problems that micro-benchmarks have.
    The individual tests are badly coded or even buggy (but in that sense, they might be representative of code on the internet in general). The tests aren't weighted in any way, and their scores are just summed. It makes no sense, methodologically. And it gives no idea what is really being tested.

    Opera scores badly on Sunspider, but is still one of the most responsive and speedy browsers in practice.

    Making a good benchmark is hard. Apparently harder than most who attempt it realize.