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Internet Explorer 8 to be released today

   
11:02 am on Mar 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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PC World article: [pcworld.com]
Users will be able to download IE8 in 25 languages at 12:00 noon Eastern Daylight Time on Thursday from Microsoft's IE Web site and its online download center.
12:55 pm on Mar 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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FYI, here's the link to the download page for Internet Explorer 8
[microsoft.com...]

<added>
corrected, it's not RC1

[edited by: engine at 4:13 pm (utc) on Mar. 19, 2009]

[edited by: encyclo at 10:55 pm (utc) on Mar. 19, 2009]
[edit reason] added updated link [/edit]

1:59 pm on Mar 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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RC1 was released ages ago. Is it an updated multi-language version?
2:00 pm on Mar 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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To avoid confusion, this is the announcement they will release IE8 (no beta, no release candidate, but the real thing) later today.

Let's hope they soon force the update onto their customers so we can get rid of having to support the legacy IE6 and IE7.

2:08 pm on Mar 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Let's hope they soon force the update onto their customers so we can get rid of having to support the legacy IE6 and IE7.

Which reminds me, how do I turn off or block automatic updates for IE?

2:10 pm on Mar 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Microsoft plans to make its Internet Explorer 8 browser available on Thursday, along with a company-commissioned report claiming IE8 is more secure against malware than rival browsers from Mozilla and Google.

i'll put it on one of my trash notebooks to put that report to the test. it's hard having to chase firefox in the quest to be the most secure browser; mozilla has already secured that positioned in the browser user's mind; ms has a better chance of gaining market share by promoting themselves along another category, like chrome is focusing on speed.

3:05 pm on Mar 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Let's hope they soon force the update onto their customers so we can get rid of having to support the legacy IE6 and IE7.

(quietly sobbing with anticipation of happiness....)

3:21 pm on Mar 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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This may be off topic but very concerning for affiliate marketers.

Just went to IE8 site and watched a video on web slices. In the video the show and example of tracking an ebay auction. The web slice allows people to track ebay items as the price changes.

Is this a cookie stealing scheme or what?

If I send a visitor to ebay and they track an auction with web slices will MS replace my cookie?

[microsoft.com...]

4:08 pm on Mar 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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This may be off topic but very concerning for affiliate marketers.

Don't think that's off topic at all. That's a very valid point. This feature is obviously made for a revenue stream for MS, so the good samaritan thing to do here is if the user originally appeared with your cookie, then to let the user use the functionality in the browser with the revenue share going to you.

My guess is the next step is to take that user from you, and get them to just use the "slice" in the future to originate the auction process, thus then cutting you out, and not stealing the user.

Ebay would be the one though to honor the original cookie and not the new one from the IE8 browser.

Or I could be totally wrong here in my assumption that MS is not trying to make affiliate money from Ebay at all and just trying to win over users.

4:21 pm on Mar 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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It's very fast. :)
4:52 pm on Mar 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I agree about it beign quick. Its a heck of a lot quicker than ie7!

I have one anoyance with it though. I visit the same sites a lot and basicaly select them from the drop down list in the address bar. In IE8 you can remove specific sites from the address bar drop down by clicking a small red cross tht apears next to the url when you mouse over it.

It just so happens the delete cross is positioned right where my mouse would be if I was wanting to view the site.

I need to re-educate myself to move the mouse a bit.

Mack.

5:18 pm on Mar 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Can you have IE7 and IE8 together on the same machine?
5:44 pm on Mar 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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LOL, the first page I get immediately after installing IE8 is a 404... Not the most promising start.
7:00 pm on Mar 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I have gmail set as my home page and it looks weird. The buttons at the top line up vertically instead of horizontally like they normally do. If I refresh it gets fixed but I have to do this every time I load the page.
7:14 pm on Mar 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Can you have IE7 and IE8 together on the same machine?

Install Microsoft Virtual PC and then download a disk image [microsoft.com] for the other browser(s).

7:26 pm on Mar 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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works fine with roboform as well.
7:41 pm on Mar 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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It is great news.I will check and update my IE 7.0

[edited by: eelixduppy at 8:00 pm (utc) on Mar. 19, 2009]
[edit reason] no URLs in signature, please [/edit]

8:24 pm on Mar 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I also got those 404s right after first run where it invites you to view videos, those where 404 errors.

Mack.

10:14 pm on Mar 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Let's hope they soon force the update onto their customers so we can get rid of having to support the legacy IE6 and IE7.

I wouldn't get my hopes up too high. My employer just installed IE7 last week and our IT department seems to always stay one version behind on purpose.

Personally, I just installed IE8 about 30 minutes ago. So far it seems okay.

12:50 am on Mar 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Just installed it.. just found out it broke all of my sites with the dojo script library, even dojos site is broke :-/ *sigh* gonna be a long weekend...
1:14 am on Mar 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

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And the lesson there is....

...the same as it was years ago - if you want your stuff to work on the most browsers for the longest period possible then make your pages as simple and non-proprietry as possible.

Script libraries and flash included.

1:45 am on Mar 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Pretty sure anyone using an advanced script library knows the consequences of doing so.

Anyway, for some useful information. I ended up using this tag to force the pages into compatible mode for now until I can get the issues fixed.

<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=Emulate7" />

4:08 am on Mar 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Playing with the tools there is a View/Webpage privacy policy.

It seems to be able to detect your privacy policy, but cannot detect mine (a vanilla html page called "privacy-policy.html)

What are they using to see your policy, and how can we get it to work on our sites?

5:20 am on Mar 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

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P3P - see [w3.org...]
12:40 pm on Mar 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Wow takes ages to install, requiring a reboot. Wish they would drop that and go for a single small file like other browsers.
1:58 pm on Mar 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Wow takes ages to install, requiring a reboot. Wish they would drop that and go for a single small file like other browsers.

Exactly my thoughts. Symptomatic of the Microsoft attitude. Opera updates in a wink.

2:00 pm on Mar 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

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It's not so different.
Maybe it's most a IE 7.x release.
2:52 pm on Mar 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Does this mean recoding sites with new IE8 CSS hacks? rats.
3:17 pm on Mar 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

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i cant even get the dang link to start a download...

everyone else needs to stop their downloads for a second so i can get mine downloaded...

pretty please?

9:53 pm on Mar 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

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IE8 is radically different under the hood which is a great thing for us web designers and developers. Check out Microsoft's stance on standards compliance in IE8 [blogs.msdn.com...] Well done MS! IE9 should be nearly perfect.
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