IE8 to arrive on 20 March

Microsoft Taiwan representatives have reportedly revealed that the launch date for version 8 of Internet Explorer: 20 March.

Microsoft Taiwan representatives have reportedly revealed that the launch date for version 8 of Internet Explorer: 20 March.

According to the Taipei Times, the announcement happened in a press conference held yesterday to unveil the Taiwanese IE8 partners. This date coincides with Microsoft's MIX web development conference to be held in Las Vegas next week.

Microsoft has also this week published a whitepaper and video that claim Internet Explorer 8 is faster more often than Chrome and Firefox on 25 popular websites.

IE8 wins in 12 of the 25 tests according to Microsoft. (Credit: Microsoft)

The whitepaper details Microsoft's testing procedure and claims that "overall 'page load times'" are a truer measurement of browser performance than JavaScript tests where IE8 has been found lacking.

A notable omission from the list of sites chosen by Microsoft is a JavaScript- or AJAX-heavy site that would test IE8's JavaScript engine.