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CrAsHnBuRnXp Jul 05, 2007, 03:19pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jul 05, 2007, 03:58pm EDT

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According to Microsoft, the Internet Explorer 8 Beta is set to begin when Vista SP1 ships later this year. There is no information on when the exact date would be. However, since mainstream support for XP doesn't end until April 2009 Microsoft will support IE 8 to Windows XP users.



But in the same way that IE 7 was released, there will be 2 versions: one that is built on the security settings of Vista, and the other one on the settings of XP SP2 or SP3. More info will be posted when available


Why would they even bother with an IE8 right now when IE7 is barely a year old? I can see that IE8 would have to be the future browser from Microsoft, but nonetheless, IE7 was just released and look how long that took from IE6.

EDIT: Forgot the link :blush:
http://www.thehotfix.net/


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Jul 05, 2007, 03:29pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jul 05, 2007, 03:33pm EDT

 
>> Re: Internet Explorer 8 Beta to begin later this year
Because they know it took too long, so they're getting back on track. Why shouldn't they be working on a new version?

Just look at Firefox - 2.0 was released just last fall, and work on 3.0 is well under way, as well as planning for 4.0.

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>> Re: Internet Explorer 8 Beta to begin later this year
Just too soon IMO. Barely seems worth the effort if they just basically finished with the previous version.

Adam Kolak Jul 05, 2007, 03:37pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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It ain't 1997 no more, they gotta compete with some harsh competition these days. Back in the day IE basically raped Netscape by being a free download and coming with every PC. Netscape had to become free too, but never caught back up to IE. Now Firefox, a decent open source browser comes along and is really taking away IE marketshare. With every improvement to IE, they will keep people from switching and maybe even gaining a few people back to the IE camp.

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>> Re: Internet Explorer 8 Beta to begin later this year
I don't think they'll get me back. I've never had IE as my main browser, even back in 1997. Netscape did it for me back then. :cool:

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>> Re: Internet Explorer 8 Beta to begin later this year
I don't think it's too soon at all. They don't want to wait until 2012 to release a new version again.

I agree with Adam -- IE6 wasn't keeping up with new web innovations, and even though it still had a stranglehold on the browser market, it was slipping. IE7 helped to fix that, and MS doesn't want to get left behind again.

Sean Costello Jul 05, 2007, 06:26pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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i shall welcome the beta with open arms :)

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Adam Kolak Jul 05, 2007, 09:33pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I'm gonna try the Beta, as long as it's better than the Apple Safari 3 Beta which was the worst browser ever. Apple said the Beta was downloaded 1 Million times. It was probably uninstalled 999,900 times.

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G. G. Jul 05, 2007, 11:48pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Internet Explorer 8 Beta to begin later this year
Adam K. said:
I'm gonna try the Beta, as long as it's better than the Apple Safari 3 Beta which was the worst browser ever. Apple said the Beta was downloaded 1 Million times. It was probably uninstalled 999,900 times.



So Adam,

are you one of the 99th that still have it installed? :P :P :P :P :cool:

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>> Re: Internet Explorer 8 Beta to begin later this year
99 people had Safari crash their compies, so they threw them out the window, and thus didn't have to uninstall it. ^_^

1 guy likes it.

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Adam Kolak Jul 06, 2007, 04:36pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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McFly said:

A few things suprised me about those stats. Only 66% for IE? I thought it was more like 75%. And I am surprised at how high Firefox was.

Also notice how only 1.xx% of people are using Safari, but over 3.xx% of people are using Mac OS X. This means more than half of Mac users aren't using Safari. They must be using Firefox or other browsers.

I am also surprised Vista hasn't passed OS X yet.

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Brendan Falvey Jul 07, 2007, 08:50pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Internet Explorer 8 Beta to begin later this year
While I use IE occasionally I now use Firefox (and Thunderbird email) and Opera. why keep IE, I use it to download from M$. I have only recently updated to IE 7 and I have not found the menus and ready access to configuration yet pain in posterior. Their loss not mine.

The new Opera has a really nice feature called Speed dial. No more waiting for multiple home pages to load.

IE ties you to their basic configuration in respect of cookies Opera will ask what cookies to accept this means for example that you can accept the cookies from HWA but refuse the marketing trackers that often creep in on the main sites coat tails. easier than manually entering data or editing the Hosts file to point them to 127.0.0.1

we need to support quality applications where the functions are created by users to a requirement not a master plan based on marketing.

Microsoft should consider a switchable option either dumb installation and M$ does all the configuration (a recipe for disaster) or install to allow ready access to configuation as in the past. Yet readily switchable to the other variant.

I did see something recently that M$ is planning to chase the Linix community re perceived infringement of copyright I believe on look and feel type issues. remember Apple and Windows. forget about the rip off of Xerox Palo Alto Labs by most of the computer developers. was the mouse developed by Apple in 1983 NO! Try 1967 almost 10 years before the Steve's got started yet you would think Apple invented it no they only coommercialised it almost 20 years after the original development. It only recognised a good idea.

To sum up now I have vented my spleen Their isnt much new under the sun.


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