Internet Explorer 8 will go gold next year

Microsoft has revealed more details about its release roadmap for Internet Explorer 8. In a post on the official IEBlog, Internet Explorer General Manager Dean Hachamovitch says you can expect a public “release candidate” build of the new browser in the first quarter of 2009. Some time after that, the full release version will be let loose in the wild.

According to Hachamovitch, this release candidate will be just that—professionals and organizations should “expect the final product to behave as this update does.” In other words, Microsoft will be pretty much done with IE8 next quarter, but the browser won’t come out in its full form until after the company has listened to feedback and resolved any pending “critical issues.” Hachamovitch didn’t say how long that might take, though.

As eWeek points out, Microsoft stated a few months ago that IE8 would be out by the end of this year, so the company may have postponed it internally. The first and second IE8 beta releases came out in March and August, respectively, and Hachamovitch says the IE team has been hard at work sifting through feedback and issue reports.

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    • pogsnet
    • 12 years ago
      • Grigory
      • 12 years ago

      Who told you this nonsense? IE is pretty in the middle of the field. It’s at least faster than Firefox in most cases. Here is a little benchmark:

      §[<http://www.howtocreate.co.uk/browserSpeed.html<]§ It's a tad old but it should if you think "IE is the slowest amongst browsers today" it should educate just fine.

        • wesley96
        • 12 years ago

        ‘Tad old’ is getting a bit problematic here. There have been several minor revisions and a couple of major revisions of the browsers being benchmarked there. Many of them have focused on speed improvements.

        I realize this is anecdotal, but in many of the websites I visit, IE7 is consistently slower than FF3. I tried to stick to being IE7-only for a while, but the sluggish performance made me go back to FF3 eventually.

    • PeterD
    • 12 years ago

    “Going gold” normally means that you got a gold medal at the Olympics, or that your music albums sold enough copies to get a “gold record”.
    However, as usual in computerland, the meaning is stretched a bit: “going gold” of ie only means… that it will be put on the market!
    Nice newspeak.

      • Meadows
      • 12 years ago

      You speak of it as if MS had invented it for their own marketing purposes or otherwise.

    • danny e.
    • 12 years ago

    doh

    • 5150
    • 12 years ago

    Wake me when there are updates for Chrome.

    • StashTheVampede
    • 12 years ago

    How is IE8s JavaScript performance compared to IE7?

    • FireGryphon
    • 12 years ago

    Having to code differently for different browsers reminds me of the days when you had to choose between Rendition, S3, Matrox, 3DFX, nVidia, PowerVR, ATi…

    • PRIME1
    • 12 years ago

    I stopped using IE a long, long time ago. It’s slow, bloated and less than user friendly. Much like another one of their recent products (rhymes with pista).

    Hopefully they take a cue from their many competitors or at least promise to make is less annoying like they promised with…. ista.

    This is not a bash against MS as they make a lot of great products, (XP, mice, keyboards, games, etc.) but IE needs a lot of work.

      • Meadows
      • 12 years ago

      Everyone knows you hate Vista without a basis, but you can’t say IE is not user-friendly.

      “This is not a bash against MS”
      Sure it is, ever read anything you type?

        • The Dark One
        • 12 years ago

        I can’t stand how they split the back/forward/refresh/home buttons across the address bar. Hiding all the menus on a button on the right hand side of the browser where it’s the farthest from where I’m normally looking…

        Everything about IE bugs me.

          • Meadows
          • 12 years ago

          I normally don’t use the menu to begin with, so it didn’t take me long to get used to. As for the buttons, I also got used to that thanks to exposure to IE7 in XP, and later Vista’s Explorer – so used to, in fact, that now I customize Firefox to the same pattern.

        • PRIME1
        • 12 years ago

        Without basis? I’ve been using it since beta, my main system is running Vista Ultimate. I have plenty to base my compaints on.

        Just because you either only use it as a screen saver or just have zero technical knowledge, that you could not find fault in Vista even if it constantly pissed on your shoe, is clearly your problem.

          • Meadows
          • 12 years ago

          Indeed, without basis. It’s especially curious why you didn’t downgrade to XP after all that, then.
          I’ve been using Vista actively since 19 months, I’m a picky enthusiast with plenty of technical know-how for what I do at least, running both various games and some creative production software all the while having no issues on a custom-built ragtag computer. You’d think that after 19 months, I’d notice if Vista was bad. I was using XP for far longer before this. My current Vista system is by far the fastest and safest system I’ve ever owned in my life, and it doesn’t suffer from “winrot” either (or it’s so slight that I can’t notice it like I could under XP). Judging by the idea of the loud minority, you seem to generalize based on your isolated case that just happens to be unsatisfactory for you.

          With that put to the side, I used to like IE7, I’m currently using Firefox 3.1, and I absolutely love IE8. However, IE8 in its current beta form is wholly unsuitable for day-to-day use (I just checked out its performance and the general feature composition, nothing more because of some show-stopping bugs). I can’t wait for it to come out, I thought they’ll make it by the end of the year but it looks like I’m stuck with Firefox for half a year more.

    • indeego
    • 12 years ago

    I found myself in IE the other day using Symantec’s Licensing site. Amazingly, the back button crashed the browser. I sat there chuckling and shaking my head. I think the last time I had used IE was months before and the same result. amazing what people put up with.

    My brother can’t stand it ( §[<http://www.stalky.org<]§ reddit style clone) and he has to develop for itg{<....<}g :(

    • ManAtVista
    • 12 years ago

    I’d rather they take their time and do it right, than a rush job to meet arbitrary deadlines. I’m using beta 2, and it pretty much rocks. Stable, fast, secure, and ui is nice.

      • Meadows
      • 12 years ago

      I’d argue the “stable” bit, but it does everything in its power to recover when a mistake happens.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 12 years ago

      They can’t even get IE-specific pages to render right in IE8, let alone standards-based stuff. Not sure what sites you’re looking at, but they certainly aren’t doing anything interesting.

        • danny e.
        • 12 years ago

        apple still sucks.

          • derFunkenstein
          • 12 years ago

          wtf, are you a moron? Don’t answer; it’s a question to which I already know the answer.

          My complaint has to do with my day job, which I’m not about to explain to someone I know won’t get it.

            • danny e.
            • 12 years ago

            sore loser? I’m not the one all uptight about having a sucky system. 🙂

            • derFunkenstein
            • 12 years ago

            no, you’re a troll. I have a (legitimate) complaint about IE8 beta and you say Apple sucks. Stop being a dick. I know it’s hard; you are what you eat.

            • danny e.
            • 12 years ago

            yeah.. i was trolling a bit i suppose. but you’re oversensitive.. plus at least i was still a little more mature than you’re being. =)

      • bhtooefr
      • 12 years ago

      That’s why I like Opera’s release schedule. Opera will never announce release dates, other than WIR – When It’s Ready.

    • Tumbleweed
    • 12 years ago

    I’ve seen the MSDN page on what IE8 will support in its final form, and almost no CSS3 will be in there – not even stuff FF has been doing since v2. No border-radius (lame!), no column support, no multiple backgrounds, no border images. Blah. IE8 will be great competition for Firefox 1.5. It’s time to ditch that renderer and just go with WebKit (compatible license, unlike Gecko).

      • Meadows
      • 12 years ago

      They will not consider WebKit, it was in the news shortly after TR reported that they’ll “look at WebKit”.

        • LiamC
        • 12 years ago

        Not Invented Here?

          • bhtooefr
          • 12 years ago

          I’ll note that IE versions 1 through 6 all credited NCSA Mosaic and Spyglass Mosaic. 😉

          So, the original IE rendering engine was also Not Invented There. 😉

      • d2brothe
      • 12 years ago

      Supporting features that nobody uses does not make a superior product. IE7 has better memory usage and speed than FF2, it wasn’t until FF3 that firefox was clearly better in the majority of areas.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 12 years ago

        chicken-and-egg. If the browser people use doesn’t support something, noone will code it.

        • format_C
        • 12 years ago

        q[http://pavlovdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2008/03/ff3-ff2-ie7.png<]§

    • Meadows
    • 12 years ago

    Silly delays. I wanted that shiny browser by the end of this year.

      • ssidbroadcast
      • 12 years ago

      They should just finalize it alongside Windows 7 and package the two together.

        • Meadows
        • 12 years ago

        IE7 came out before Vista as well, I don’t see why I should wait for the next OS just to have the new browser.

          • ssidbroadcast
          • 12 years ago

          er, for shi** and giggles?

    • kvndoom
    • 12 years ago

    Yawwwwwwwn.

      • tfp
      • 12 years ago

      Bingo, who cares it’s a browser.

        • wesley96
        • 12 years ago

        Lots of people.

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