Internet Explorer will Release Second Beta Version in Oct.

According to Nick MacKechnie, a senior technical account manager at Microsoft New Zealand, we can expect the next beta of Internet Explorer 8 to arrive in the third quarter of this year. And unlike the current test version, which is marked as a “developer preview,” this version will be a public beta targeted at all consumers. IE8, the follow-on to 2006’s IE7, was released in Beta 1 nearly three months ago.

Microsoft says it’s a good idea to start updating your IE7-compliant sites now, before the public beta of IE8 is released, so that you can avoid problems when the new browser starts to go mainstream. Even better than adding new IE-specific tags or headers, though, would be to try to re-code those pages so that they observe proper Web standards. That’s going to be the best way to ensure that your pages are viewable across all browsers on the widest variety of platforms, which can save you time and money in the long run.

The first beta of IE8 is not exactly in widespread use. According to the latest data from Web metrics company Net Applications Inc., IE8 Beta 1 accounted for just .02% of all browsers used last month. IE7, by comparison, held the top spot with a market share of 45.9%.

IE8 Beta 1, which runs in Windows XP, Vista, Server 2003 and Server 2008, can be downloaded from Microsoft’s Web site.

Source: PC World

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