Following our post on Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 beta Microsoft Connect invitation email. No surprises there then. Looks like this is just setting the stage for Mix08. Over on the IEBlog, they are talking about how websites can detect the new browser “Internet Explorer 8 User-Agent String”.
The HTTP headers of every web request contain a simple string called the “User-Agent” that allows servers to identify the type and version of the visitor’s browser. For a deeper understanding of the User-Agent string, please see Understanding User-Agent Strings.
When released, the IE8 beta will introduce an updated User-Agent string. For IE8, we’ve simply replaced “MSIE 7.0” with “MSIE 8.0”. For example, on Windows Vista, IE8 sends:
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 6.0)
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