Internet Explorer 8 Release Candidate 1 – now available for download

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Stay more secure and browse with confidence


With industry-leading security features like InPrivate, you can browse and shop confidently using Internet Explorer 8, wherever you go on the web, knowing you have control over the protection of your personal information.

Compatibility View

Now you can easily display websites that were designed for older browsers. Simply press the Compatibility View button if you see display problems on a website like misaligned text, images, or text boxes.

Automatic Crash Recovery

Website crashes are now isolated to individual tabs rather than entire browser windows, meaning when a site crashes on one tab, you don't lose the rest. Internet Explorer 8 will automatically recover the lost tab once it has identified the problem. You can surf with peace of mind knowing that Internet Explorer 8 is the most reliable version of Internet Explorer available.

SmartScreen Filter

With the new and improved SmartScreen Filter, anti-phishing tools screen threats from imposter websites seeking to acquire personal information such as user names, passwords, billing data, and more. SmartScreen also includes new anti-malware tools to help prevent spyware, adware, and other potentially dangerous software from infiltrating your computer system and monitoring your every move.

Faster, Easier

Browse and get things done quicker than ever.

Improved Performance

Right from the start you'll notice that pages open and load faster than ever. And, with powerful new features like Accelerators and Web Slices, Internet Explorer 8 gives you the ability to get more done in less time.

Improved Search

When searching for information online it's critical that you get the best results possible. With Internet Explorer 8, search also includes results from your local history and suggestions from your favorite search provider.

New Tab Features

Tabbed browsing in Internet Explorer 8 just keeps getting better. The New Tab page loads quickly and lets you engage with a host of new features, such as opening previously closed tabs, or beginning an InPrivate session.

Tab Grouping

Tab Grouping makes it easier to stay organized while browsing multiple webpages. Tabs that are related now have the same visual representation and you can save time by closing a set of related tabs as a group instead of one at a time. You also can right-click on a tab to close tab groups, ungroup a single tab, or clone a tab.


Reach Beyond the Page

Get things done without navigating to other websites


Now you can get more tasks done, more quickly on the web. Accelerators provide instant access to information like maps, web searches, translation, email, blogging, and more. Simply highlight a word or phrase on a page and discover a faster way to get the information you need.

Web Slices

Web Slices put you in control of the information you care about most. Now you can subscribe to specific content within a page and monitor things like auction items, sports scores, entertainment columns, weather reports, and more. Add a Web Slice to your Favorites bar and the information you care about will automatically be delivered to you.

Visual Search

Search is one of the most frequent and important things you do online. The new Internet Explorer 8 Search Box takes results to a whole new level by adding graphics and images to enrich your search.

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Comments (2)

  1. Could it be that IE8RC1 cannot be installed on Windows 7? There is no Windows 7 version on the RC1 download page, and the Vista version refuses to install in my 32 bit Windows 7.

    Or is the ie8 build 8.0.7000 already RC1?



  2. Keith Combs says:

    You cannot update IE8 in the Windows 7 Beta at this time.  It is not RC1.

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