The IE team blog detailed about what IE8 is going to get for IT Pro's. They are planning to make IE8 slipstreamable into images. Meaning updating your image to include IE8 will take 10-15 minutes versus the time it might take to wake it up and then re-sysprep.
To slipstream IE8 only takes 10-15 minute per image. You’ll also be able to slipstream IE8 cumulative updates so that you are shipping the most up to date and secure image.
Look out for a forthcoming post to learn more about Slipstreaming IE8.
Additional info shared about IE 8:
- adding new events to the Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) that help you detect and resolve potential issues between IE8
- providing Group Policy settings that help you control, with great granularity, those settings that most impact compatibility.
- IEAK8 will support custom IE8 builds for new platforms: Vista and Windows Server 2008 and new IE8 features like Activities and Web Slices
- We plan to include all of the above mentioned features in our Beta 2 release which is planned for August 2008.
Source:→ James Blog