• 200806 Mar

    So, MS have finally pulled their finger out and released it

    Link to installers

    WARNING – the word on the street is that it IE8 automatically overwrites any IE7 installation so bear that in mind!

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  • Comments

    • 01.

      IE 8 beta 1 does NOT pass acid 2 test LOL.
      Maybe they couldnt manage to make it work without that meta tag yet.

    • 02.

      Any sane person will leave it to the in-sane people to try a new IE beta out first.

    • 03.

      Look like an Alpha release. Miss a lot of feature / CSS selector. Beta 2 is announced :P

    • 04.

      Emil, it does pass Acid2… if you go to the official copy of the test on webstandards.org. (I’ve tried it, and it works.) It’s not working on other sites because the code runs up against a cross-site request issue (more here).

      As for it missing the nifty CSS features, the same was true with IE7. All the interesting improvements in the rendering engine happened in Beta 2.

    • 05.

      Yup IE 8 Beta 1 passes on webstandards.org but not on acid2.acidtests.org where i was looking.

    • 06.

      Damn ! I just installed IE8 beta on a Windows Vista Home Premium notebook, and after opening IE, it shows
      “Internet Explorer has stopped working” and it closes !

      Now, I cant even revert back to IE7 because Im unable to find an IE7 installation for Vista !

    • 07.

      I tested some of our webs on it… it has a problem with float/clear, hope they fix it or we have another nightmare on board. :D

    • 08.

      > IE8 automatically overwrites any IE7 installation

      No reason to be careful — IE8 beta have «Toggle IE7 Emulation mode» button, so we still have two versions of IE for testing.

    • 09.

      > No reason to be careful — IE8 beta have «Toggle IE7 Emulation mode» button, so we still have two versions of IE for testing.

      It does overwrite IE6 too. IE7 is coming but IE6 still takes about 40%.

      IE8 looks quite buggy now, I’m writing this and hovering mouse or selecting text produce some nice effects. Many elements noticably displaced, jumping and so on…

      Interesting that it’s still pass IE7 *+html css hack, so IE7 hacks will be devilered even to IE8beta1 standarts mode. I can only suggest to use conditional comments instead of this hack for now.

      At least finally we have support of display:table property and generated content.

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      Does it by any chance come with native SilverLight support ?

    • 12.

      “No reason to be careful — IE8 beta have «Toggle IE7 Emulation mode» button, so we still have two versions of IE for testing.”

      Actually, I’ll be careful myself. I read that the IE7 mode of IE8 doesn’t behave exactly the same as IE7 (and gives different results for the Acid2 and other tests). In other words, IE8 is not a good reference to make IE7 tests (yet).

    • 13.

      Does anybody know of a way to clear the floats for ie8?

    • 14.

      ( Does anybody know of a way to clear the floats for ie8? )

      i’m busy with that one!

    • 15.

      If you go to your installed updates you can delete the ie8 beta in there & it will rollback to ie7 after that.

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