Microsoft made an announcement earlier today that the final version of Internet Explorer 8 will be released today at noon EDT.
The web browser can be downloaded from that time on from the official Internet Explorer 8 website where it is provided in 25 language editions and for various Windows operating system versions (including server versions of Windows).
Currently, only the download of Internet Explorer 8 RC1 is offered on that homepage which might confuse a few early birds. Update: It is live now.
Internet Explorer 8 is Microsoft's attempt at winning back market share from popular web browsers, and especially Mozilla Firefox. Microsoft has added several new and improved security features to Internet Explorer 8 like private browsing mode, automatic crash recovery, domain highlighting or Cross Site Scripting (XSS) and SmartScreen filters.
There are also additional usability features like Accelerators or Web Slices which have been implemented into Internet Explorer 8. Most of these features have already been ported by Firefox users to the Firefox web browser, and are not super new anymore.
Companies with strict security guidelines (that do not allow the installation of Firefox or Firefox add-ons) will increase the security and stability of their computer systems with the new browser. Most performance tests on the other hand see Internet Explorer 8 at the end of the list. Internet Explorer 8 does however provide major performance improvements over previous versions of the web browser like Internet Explorer 7 or 6.
There are no information available at this point if Microsoft will add Internet Explorer 8 to Windows or Microsoft Update and provide the web browser as an automatic update to Windows users.
Update: You find all Internet Explorer 8 downloads for Windows XP, Vista and the server operating systems on our IE8 download page. Just check it out to download the version most suitable for your operating system. Keep in mind that it has been released as a 32-bit and 64-bit version, and that Windows Vista users should consider downloading Internet Explorer 9 instead which is also available for their operating system, and Windows 7 users should consider installing Internet Explorer 11, the latest release version of the web browser.
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