Hi Everyone -

Just wanted to send out a quick blog letting you know that RC1 (Release Candidate 1) is out and available for your testing pleasure!  You can get RC1 using the below links:

Windows XP

Windows XP 64-bit Edition

Windows Vista

Windows Vista 64-bit Edition

Windows 2003 Server

Windows 2003 Server 64-bit Edition

Windows 2008 Server

Windows 2008 Server 64-bit Edition

 

Please review this link containing some VERY important details about RC1 “getting you ready” before beginning your installation.

I would also suggest reading the release notes for the RC1 release, located here.

 

Here is a quick list of the 25 supported languages available to these countries for IE8/RC1: 

United States Indonesia South Africa
Afrique du Nord Français Ireland Suisse – Français
Australia Italia – Italiano Suomi – Suomi
België en Luxemburg – Nederlands Latinoamérica – Español Sverige – Svenska
Belgique et Luxembourg – Français Magyarország – Magyar Türkiye – Türkçe
Brasil – Português Malaysia United Kingdom
Canada – English Middle East – English Ελλάδα – Ελληνικά
Canada – Français Nederland - Nederlands Россия – Русский
Česká Republika – Čeština New Zealand ישראל‫ – עברית
Danmark – Dansk Norge - Norsk Bokmål الشرق الأوسط - العربية‫
Deutschland – Deutsch Österreich – Deutsch 대한민국 – 한국어
España – Español Polska – Polski 中国 - 中文 简体
France – Français Portugal – Português 台灣 - 中文 繁體
Hong Kong SAR – English Schweiz – Deutsch 香港特别行政区 - 中文 繁體
India Singapore – English 日本 - 日本語

 

One more little caveat that I wanted to bring up due to some feedback I just received.  There is no installer available to put IE8 RC1 on the Windows 7 Beta.  For now, Windows 7 beta testers are stuck with an older post-beta 2 version of IE8.  Sorry folks...

Now get out there and start testing RC1!!!

 

Regards,

The IE Support Team