The IE8 team has announced details on the future of Windows Internet Explorer 8. After the Beta 2 was released on August 27, 2008, the team is preparing for another pre-release version, also known as Release Candidate, of IE8.
We will release one more public update of IE8 in the first quarter of 2009, and then follow that up with the final release. Our next public release of IE (typically called a “release candidate”) indicates the end of the beta period. […] We will be very selective about what changes we make between the next update and final release. We will act on the most critical issues. We will be super clear about product changes we make between the update and the final release.
The team is grateful about the many feedback gathered over the past months, and expects you to do your part on making the software better.
The call to action now for the technical community is to download beta 2 (if you haven’t already) and let us know about your experience. Next, please prepare for final testing with public update so you can let us know – quickly, loudly, and clearly – if you find absolutely critical issues with it before the release of the final product.
Internet Explorer has a very long history – from its first version “Internet Explorer 1.0” for Windows 95, back in August 1995, to the current “Windows Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2”: over 13 years of continued development to suit the changing needs of the Web.
What do you think about Internet Explorer and its most recent IE8 Beta 2?