New IE8 build available for program participants

Internet Explorer 8 beta participants today received a surprising e-mail about 'IE8 Partner Build' released to the IE8 Technical Beta to test and find issues. This build represents a preview of IE8's progress and is best used to verify issues fixed since releasing Beta 2. While Microsoft believes it to be of adequate quality for you to use, is not as extensively tested as a milestone build, so it is not meant for the general public but only for testing purposes.

Microsoft is not providing any support for this build and henceforth just like in transition from Beta 1 to Beta 2, if you feel that Microsoft have resolved misfiled your bug, please re-activate the bug. You can do so here.

As Microsoft is getting closer to the release of IE8, its looking for the most impactful bugs to be fixed before the final release.

You can download the current IE8 Beta 2 here or if you are an IE8 Tech Beta Participant, you can download the IE8 Partner Build from Microsoft Connect.

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I get a nice process crash with google image search sometimes which is laughable, but it recovers the tab well and it doesn't take down the whole program. The Loosely-Coupled IE process architecture makes sense for that kind of thing but it is still ridiculously wasteful of resources at this point.. shame.

Yet another terribly written article. The article itself is fine, but PLEASE learn English first!

The reason people whinge about grammar and other problems? It makes it annoying to read for some people. I am one of them. If you are not, I don't really care. This is just my opinion.

This is one that I found on the net it is of the new build. WHY REMOVE THE LINK THIS IS NOT A WARES ?? Don't get your panties all in a bunch.

For it to be leaked by the tech testers means that someone broke the EULA/NDA, so even though it's not retail software, distro is kinda frowned upon.

"if you feel that Microsoft have resolved misfiled your bug,"

WAT? Grammar fail, should be "if you feel that Microsoft has not resolved your bug,"

Chris123NT said,
"if you feel that Microsoft have resolved misfiled your bug,"

WAT? Grammar fail, should be "if you feel that Microsoft has not resolved your bug,"

I think it was supose to say If you feel that Microsoft has not resolved or has misfiled your bug

bob_c_b said,
Acid 3, the 3D Mark of the web browser world.

Wow. What amazing information. Good thing you clearly answered thealexweb's question.

....is this thing dropping before year end or what?

Come on Microsoft. Meet a deadline for one...Surprise me.

If they give you a deadline, they'll give you a broken promise. If you ask them a question, it may end up being a lie.

They'll release it when it is ready. They've learnt something from their Vista release :P Though I don't think it'll get here in 2008, there's not many days left and not even an RC version yet.

Recon415 said,
learned.

Every forum needs a grammar Nazi. ;D

Yes, and you are not qualified for the position.

As our learned colleague, PROGAME, points out, 'learnt' is perfectly acceptable, in fact I prefer it.

Consider yourself fired.

Kirkburn said,
Aaand back to the subject ... I think they delayed it to the new year.


What delay? They said that they would release IE8 the first half of 2009.

ricknl said,
What delay? They said that they would release IE8 the first half of 2009.

I'm fairly sure they originally said the next beta/release would drop before the new year.

(Not bothered though, I'd rather have a better product)

Owenw said,
Um, you aren't meant to link to there...it's not forgeneral public.


Yes it is, google internet explorer 8 and you'll see the first hit is to download it from microsoft beta 2

lol i misread it anyway. and actually i do, I'm part of that program (have been from the start:"so it is not meant for the general public but only for testing purposes. "

But anyway, irrelevant, I thought that was the link to the partnet one :P

"As Microsoft is getting closer to the release of IE8, its looking for the most impactful bugs to be fixed before the final release."

When it comes to a web browser, you CANNOT be selective with the bug reports. I swear to god if I have to write crappy workarounds for IE8 all over again, I'm not going to be happy.

Tikitiki said,
When it comes to a web browser, you CANNOT be selective with the bug reports. I swear to god if I have to write crappy workarounds for IE8 all over again, I'm not going to be happy.

Yes you can. This have been the case with almost any software. Just because there are known bugs doesn't mean that they are serious.

x-byte said,
Yes you can. This have been the case with almost any software. Just because there are known bugs doesn't mean that they are serious.

E.g. Mozilla is openly selective all the time, I think all software companies are. Firefox has known unfixed bugs from 2001 for christ sake. :)

But this is normal and expected.

If this were any other program, I wouldn't be as concerned but given IE's crap record and talking about being selective is very concerning to me and the amount of effort I'm going to have to put in just to make IE work.

Kirkburn said,
You'd rather they weren't selective? Sure, let's do it all by date filed. That's sensible.

No. Sort it by security problems, and fix those first. Then sort them by most major/easiest to fix. But you DON'T have to be "selective" in what bug fixes go in and what doesn't.