At the MIX 09 conference, Microsoft released the final build of Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) in 25 languages. IE8 makes what real people do on the web every day faster, easier, and safer. Anyone running Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server can get 32- and 64-bit versions now from http://www.microsoft.com/ie8. (Windows 7 users will receive an updated IE8 as part of the next Windows 7 milestone.)
Internet Explorer is focused on how real people use the Web. We designed the product experience based on real-world data from tens of millions of user sessions. We worked closely with developers and standards groups to deliver a far better platform for the people who build the web. We cooperated closely with the security community to address the real threats that users face on the web, and keep users in control of their browsing and information. We think it will surprise people who haven’t looked closely at IE in a while. Perhaps it’s time to re-think conventional wisdom about IE.
Give IE8 a try today and you’ll:
- Get where you want to go faster with real world performance.
- Use more of the web, easier.
- Stay safer from real world threats.
- Build on real world interoperability, standards, and compatibility.
As a team we want to thank everyone who used our pre-release software and provided feedback. You helped us deliver IE8. Our next steps start with listening to customers and security issues and responding appropriately. We’re going to engage with web sites and developers on compatibility, finish Windows 7, work with standards bodies to finish CSS 2.1 and bring other standards to a customer-ready state faster. We will stand behind this product and service and secure it for many years and listen to your feedback while we start work on the next version of IE.
- Check out the "Remembering the Internet" video, and pass it along to your friends.
- Become a Fan of Internet Explorer, and invite your Facebook friends.
- Follow IE with updates and interesting facts on Twitter.
- To provide feedback or look up known issues, visit to http://ie/feedback
- See also this related blog about the IE8 Blocker Toolkit
The most important part of releasing this happens outside of the IE team as people start using IE8. Your exposure to customers gives a unique perspective and experience with implementations. If you are aware of issues that could impact IE 8 deployments, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re excited to see how developers take advantage of it, from slices, accelerators, and visual search results with which people can extend IE - - - to richer, safer websites that they’ll use every day.
General Manager, Internet Explorer