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Microsoft quietly releases Internet Explorer 8 beta 1

Updated 4 years ago
Published Mar 5th, 2008 4:29PM EST

Thanks for the heads up on this one, Microsoft. The company has just released a public beta version of their new web browser, Internet Explorer 8. The supposedly-standards compliant browser showed up out of nowhere this afternoon on the company’s site. Available immediately, you should be able to install the software on any machine running Windows Vista, Windows XP, or Windows 2003 Server edition. We haven’t had much time to put it through the motions here, but given the “beta” tag, we’re not expecting anything terribly polished. Let us know if you take the plunge and discover any new features of note. Oh, and Microsoft: You might want to consider releasing a product like this with a bit more fanfare. Just a thought.


Born with a cell phone in one hand and a tablet in the other, Josh Karp has followed his love of technology through to the present day. As a Special Correspondent at BGR, Josh covers press conferences, trade shows and other events around the world. An expert in all things mobile, Josh has more than eight years of experience covering the wireless industry.