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 PostPost subject: Unless there's a Beta 3, IE8 may be set for November release        Posted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 12:27 am 
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I found this, its pretty interesting:

Last week, Microsoft released Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 in English, German, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese. While it was already known that IE8 would be going final before the end of the year it still wasn't clear whether there would be a Beta 3 and when exactly IE8 would be released. It's time to try to answer those two questions.

According to the IE8 Beta 2 support page, prereleased versions will no longer be supported come November:
"Free unlimited installation and usage support is available for Internet Explorer 8 pre-released versions, but only for North America English customers. This support for Internet Explorer 8 pre-released versions is valid until November 1, 2008."

That doesn't set anything in stone, but it does show what timeframe Microsoft is aiming for. On the other hand, when I asked Microsoft about whether a Beta 3 would be in the works, I got the usual response:
"Whether or not there will be any future Betas of IE8 is dependent on product quality. That being said, we are committed to releasing Internet Explorer 8 within two years of generally availability of Windows Vista."

If Microsoft concludes that it can fix all the problems in IE8 Beta 2, the final release will come in November, and a Beta 3 won't see the light of day. On the other hand, Beta 2 feedback may lead to Beta 3 and the final version not being released before January 30, 2009. I'm betting that IE8 will RTM sooner and not later, meaning closer to November rather than January.

Source: http://arstechnica.com/journals/microso ... er-release


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 7:56 am 
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good find. interesting news :)


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Wow, IE7 didnt last as long as people predicted. Comapred to IE6!

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yes, i know. and IE8B2 is jam-packed with bugs. and most sites require IE to be in "Compatibility Mode".


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No doubt the following service packs of Vista will include IE 8.

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Not necessarily. SP3 for XP doesn't include IE7.


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1 of the many reasons why its because Service Packs are free to download and before installing IE7 your PC needs to be validated.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 4:14 pm 
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DjRob wrote:
1 of the many reasons why its because Service Packs are free to download and before installing IE7 your PC needs to be validated.


Not any more though. MS removed this requirement some time ago. I don't understand even now why they didn't distribute IE7 with XP SP3

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 4:15 pm 
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Not any more, a while ago Microsoft removed the validation from the IE7 installer saying something about how they want every Windows system to be more secure, whether it's pirated or not.


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i thought they were all about "Anti-Piracy"? :?


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 9:07 pm 
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Lots of pirate installations that can't get security updates spreading spam, viruses etc has a negative effect on Genuine users too though, which is why they give pirate users the bare minimum required (IE7 and security-only updates through Automatic Updates, not via the on-demand Windows Update and not other kinds of other updates).

SP3 doesn't include IE7 as there are reasons why people still want IE6 eg businesses with intranet sites that need IE6 for some specific reason but do want SP3.

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i don't think so i mean Microsoft was planning IE8 but they never expected that Google will kick everyone ass with the Chrome.

so maybe they will try to make it better or they will push ie8.5 like 2 months after IE8

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 5:23 pm 
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I'm sure allowing pirated installs to run IE7 get's the market-share up a bit.


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