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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.

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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