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Internet Explorer 8 – First Look

Last week, at the MIX conference in Las Vegas, the Internet Explorer team made several announcements regarding IE8, the first of which was that a Developer Beta (emphasis on the Developer) is now available.  You can download the beta from the IE8 Beta Site.  The beta is available today for Windows Vista (“Gold” and SP1), Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003 SP2, and Windows XP SP2 and SP3, both in 32- and 64-bit versions.  We will release the developer beta in German, and Simplified Chinese shortly.

There were seven other developer-oriented areas of discussion that were covered at MIX by the IE Team.  For those of you not familiar with the MIX conference, MIX is an opportunity for technical, creative and business strategists to engage Microsoft in a conversation about the future of the web.  You can find out more about MIX ’08 by clicking on the MIX logo on the right, including viewing the MIX sessions and keynotes.  So what were the seven developer-focused areas?

  1. Our goal is to deliver complete, full CSS 2.1 support in the final IE8 product
  2. Microsoft has contributed over 700 test cases to the W3C CSS working group
  3. Delivery of better scripting performance
  4. Support for HTML5
  5. Delivery of the first installment of built-in developer tools
  6. A better way for Web Services to integrate into the user’s workflow
  7. A better way for Web Services to enable their users to keep an eye on interesting parts of a web page within the browser with “WebSlices”

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