Microsoft announces IE 8 beta, Silverlight 2 beta

by admin March 5, 2008 at 7:51 pm

Las Vegas (NV) – Microsoft will be releasing the first beta of its next-generation browser as well as a beta of the second version of the Flash competitor Silverlight for download today.

Following a recent announcement that the upcoming Internet Explorer 8 will be interpreting web content “in the most standards compliant way it can”, Microsoft today said that a first beta version of the browser will be made available to developers today.

IE8 beta 1 promises to deliver substantially more performance that the current IE7, according to Microsoft, and catch up with Mozilla’s Firefox and Apple’s Safari. However, according to Microsoft’s own numbers IE8 will still be somewhat behind its rivals in terms of load performance.

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