Monday, February 25th, 2008

IE8 Beta 1 is focused on the developer community

Category: Browsers, IE

“IE8 Beta 1 is focused on the developer community”. That is from an email on the private beta of IE 8 that some folk have been getting. This is meant to ramp up for a public beta, and something will be seen at MIX in a few weeks. The unveiling is coming.

Greetings from the Internet Explorer Team! We are nearing the launch of Windows Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 and we will be making it available for the general public to download and test. IE8 Beta 1 is focused on the developer community, with the goal of gaining valuable feedback to improve Internet Explorer 8 during the development process. We have identified you as a qualified beta tester and we would like to offer an opportunity to join our limited technical beta program for Windows Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1. Participation in the Technical Beta will enable you to evaluate a common release of Windows Internet Explorer 8, the ability to submit feedback, post bug reports, download software answer surveys on product quality as well as vote on top bugs filed by others from the technical beta program. This is a very exclusive program, by invitation only. The only way to submit feedback is to enroll in the Windows Internet Explorer 8 Technical Beta program. As such, we would be happy to have your participation. To accept this invitation and to apply to become a member of this program, follow this link: (If this link does not work for you, copy the full link and paste it into the Web browser address bar.) Follow the steps shown to you by that program to apply to become an active participant. You may be asked to take a survey, or submit other preliminary information. To report a problem or to ask a question, visit the Contact Us page (found at the bottom of every page). We hope to see you in the technical beta!

Best regards. The Internet Explorer Team

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:01 am

3.1 rating from 26 votes


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Hey, I tried that link ( ) and got a :

Page Not Found

The content that you requested cannot be found or you do not have permission to view it.

What was the point of this post Dion? Should be try to register, or are we supposed to be encouraged by the move by move by Microsoft to be more Developer focused?

I don’t see any text in this post that indicates that the title “IE8 Beta 1 is focused on the developer community” is accurate, as their is not one line of text in this post that indicates such… unless it is the fact that you received this message that suggests this notion to you. I think you might have read to far into this email, as just getting it, aside from the lack of any mention of the “developer” in the actual message, does not seam to indicate that microsoft has helped us developers out any more than in their script debugger/developer toolbar (which is, and just as a sidenote, not even close to firebug for firefox – can’t edit anything in real time!!!. such a mess to work with, it is like READ-ONLY not at all focused on the developer trying to actually do something).

For Microsoft to send this email out and say “IE8 Beta 1 is focused on the developer community, with the goal of gaining valuable feedback to improve Internet Explorer 8 during the development process”, they are in essense saying: “Please tell us what you think, because we know that you developers will give us free feedback that we can work with, and we won’t have to pay you a penny. And since you are the only ones hanging on by a thread (i.e. we know real users won’t give us any feedback on bugs), we’re throwing this marketing ploy to get free TECHNICAL feedback, and then after we listen to you, we’ll fix our bugs (cause that’s the only feedback we’re interested in), and you’ll have helped us release IE7.2 with the name IE8, and still be stuck wondering why we defined standards for the developer world rather than standards determining our course of development).


Comment by Chad — February 25, 2008

Microsoft was creating problem for unicode font rendering in firefox 1.x, 2.x. Now then will get shock when they know improvements in firefox 3.0.

It’s sexiest browser ever.

Comment by bollywood — February 25, 2008

Does anyone know whether IE8 can be installed, without removing the previous IE, or do I have to create yet another virtual machine for it?

Comment by urandom — February 25, 2008

You would think that anyone who needs instructions on how to follow a link in an email does not meet the minimal standards to be part of the web developer community.

Comment by Martin — February 25, 2008

Chad: same error to me. I guess access is restricted to the guys who received the e-mail, not the casual visitor. We’ll have to wait until the beta goes public.

Comment by Upanisad — February 25, 2008

Will it live up to the hype? Will it actually perform int he real world? Can’t wait to see.

Comment by SiteSmart — February 25, 2008

I’m not getting an error here, but perhaps that’s because I haven’t got a Passport and thus haven’t signed in?

Comment by DiSiLLUSiON — February 25, 2008

Quite a rant there. By the way, the IE Developer Toolbar *is not* read-only, you can edit properties (css/attributes/etc) on any DOM element. It still isn’t as useful as Firebug, but I’m happy with being able to change CSS at runtime and there are plenty of debuggers for JS.

Just in case anyone from Microsoft is reading this post, can I get an invite into the beta tester program?

Comment by Andy Kant — February 25, 2008

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