Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 8 RC1

As we reported last week, Microsoft has just released Internet Explorer 8 RC 1 with build number 8.0.06001.18372. The company has not yet released a changelog, so if you spot any new features or major changes let us know. After a short run through of the build, speed and tab grouping seems to have been a major improvement in this release. Browsing through tabs also seems to be much more friendlier than Beta 2.

Overview
Internet Explorer 8 is the latest version of the familiar web browser you are most comfortable using, helping you get everything you want from the web faster, easier, more privately and securely than ever before.

  • Faster Internet Explorer 8 is more responsive with new pages and tabs, opening up fast and reliably. You can now get to the information you care about most, in fewer steps; one click access to your webmail, favorite news sites or other online services.
  • Easier Reduce the steps to accomplish many common tasks, and automate your access to real time information updates. You can keep track of your favorite sports team, news, weather with a single click.
  • More Private Helps protect your privacy and confidential information where ever you go on the web.
  • More Secure Helps protect and stop malicious software from reaching your PC, and makes it easier to detect when a website is an imposter.

No builds are available for Windows 7 and it's expected Windows 7 beta testers will receive an updated build with the RC1 components some time next month.

Download: 32-Bit Vista & Windows Server 2008
Download: 64-Bit Vista & Windows Server 2008
Download: Windows XP SP2 & 3
Download: Windows Server 2003 SP2 or 64-Bit Windows XP Professional
Download: Windows Server 2003 SP2
View: Neowin's Internet Explorer 8 Overview

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How to remove the ****ing idiotic 'Download Windows Search to improve history and favorites results' link when using the address bar?

I get an "Address Not Found" error when I try to download the XP sp2/3 version after clicking on the download button.

Will this let you install SP3 on top of it I wonder? I hope the final does.

My boss went and installed Beta 2 before upgrading to sp3 and now it won't install. I could uninstall beta 2 but I'm too lazy.

Is the InPrivate filtering a new feature from the beta? Not to be mistaken with the InPrivate browsing. It seems to be an in built ad blocker.

Good, now MS need to make it a required updated for all users (including businesses) and we can put this horrible mess behind us.

Mystical112 said,
does everyone else have 2 processes of IE running in their task manager??
(with only 1 window open)


Yes. One process is used for the window itself then each extra process is for each tab. I think google chrome also does this as well.

SM_Unlimited said,


Yes. One process is used for the window itself then each extra process is for each tab. I think google chrome also does this as well.


ah thanks...

Yeah. I'm also seeing those lines in Gmail. I thought it might've been one of the Labs feature not working properly with IE8 RC1 but now that you are reporting the same issue, it must be IE8 RC1.

FusionOpz said,
Is gmail using any IE workarounds in the CSS? it might be cause by those workarounds...


Not that I know of. From the looks of it, it appears that IE8 RC1 is loading Gmail in the new browser default settings. There's no Compatibility Mode setting.

I dunno about vista, but for me on XP SP3 it just installed since you can't uninstall beta 2 after SP3. So I guess it's more like a upgrade.

You'll get a message saying something like, it can't uninstall IE, but just click ok.

If not don't worry, it saves your IE beta 2 stuff and will uninstall if needed.

blu3f1sh said,
You can. I tried and it was flawless.


Yeah I just "upgraded", no problems here. I remember when IE7 Beta was a mess to install/uninstall.

Acid 3 was never what the team was looking at, only Acid 2 which IE8 passes now.

After but if it's at 20 now with RC1, I suppose by final it could be higher, maybe 30?

But it was never a goal to pass Acid 3 which in itself doesn't matter much either.

GP007 said,
Acid 3 was never what the team was looking at, only Acid 2 which IE8 passes now.

After but if it's at 20 now with RC1, I suppose by final it could be higher, maybe 30?

But it was never a goal to pass Acid 3 which in itself doesn't matter much either.

No RC means this build could well be the RTM, IE8 is now feautre complete. There will be nothing new now.

That's for features right, but support is a different matter. If there is a bug or something not right in the rendering engine MS will work on it. Just because they won't add new "features" doesn't mean the rendering engine has stopped where it is now.

Acid 3 was never what the team was looking at

That is quite obvious. ;)
No one on Earth gives a crap about the stupid Acid tests. Get over it.

Heh, and here I was thinking it's brought up for pretty much every browser release.

Anyway, good web devs that want e.g. DOM parsing behavior to be standardized across browsers, more important the more advanced web services that are being built, will care about Acid3 compliance.

2Cold Scorpio said,
Well, *I'm* a web developer, and I don't give a crap about Acid 3. ;)

Then you . . . don't care about your viewers?

I AM a web developer since eons and still i don't give a freaking crap about acid3 or any acid test. If works for ie6,i7 and firefox2 and 3 is just enough for 97% of my customer and, for corporate level, if work in ie6 and 7 is fine for 100% of my customers.

For me, iexplorer is the standard not the w3c.

I'm on vista x64 and only the 64bit version works...32bit one doesn't start :s
Already tried the reset button in Internet Options.

Any way to uninstall?

The IE8 updates should be located under Control PanelPrograms and Features. on the Tasks pane click "View installed updates".

Kirkburn said,
Riiight.

No Really I wouldn't touch this at least until the first major release of patches for it... Good Lord.. MS couldn't fix IE 7, load up a beta IE 8...

Run Forest Run in my book


It's probably due to the theme, I also use a custom theme in XP and sometimes things get cut off in dialog boxes (text and such).

I first noticed misaligned buttons in Vista, and it continued in Win7-beta. I can't recall the circumstances, and a quick glance around Win7 shows button alignment is fine - maybe it's just the installer software that suffers from it.

Imran Hussain said,
Can you please add to the news post that the download for Vista and Windows Server 2008 is the same?


Updated, thanks for the information :).

I've been awaiting this for a while, now! Big improvements have been made in IE8. I hope this will light a fire under some web developers' asses. Some web app sites I go to check to make sure the user is running IE6 or IE7, and refuse entry for anything newer.

i downloaded it about 30 miniutes ago and see a much faster internet explorer. It was moving so fast I even imported my firefox bookmarks to really test it. But so far so good!

It's probably not being released for the beta because the latest internal builds already have an updated version of IE according to their blog.

Just finished installing it, on an old PC here, XP SP3. So far it feels faster, new tabs are opening quicker for me. And a quick look at task manager, ram usage also seems to have been reduced.

I just started though, so memory usage might spike higher, dunno.

The websites i've visited so far are working fine without the need for compatibility view as well.

IE8 is included in W7 build 7000, it's just an older build. You'll need to wait for the next build of Windows 7 to get updated IE8 builds. Of course that means those people who took advantage of the preview program to download Windows 7 will probably be stuch on the same build of IE8 until the OS gets released later this year.

No builds are available for Windows 7 and it's expected Windows 7 beta testers will receive an updated build with the RC1 components some time next month

Does the article mean MS will be releasing an update to IE8 for Windows 7 or not until the Windows 7 RC?

Surprise! This doesn't work with Windows 7!
Run it without any compatibility and it tells you that the OS is not supported.
Run it in Vista mode and you get a message telling you that there is a newer version of IE already installed!

That was on the front page last week. This build doesn't have the code for the new 7 UI features apparently so it doesn't work.