When Beta was released I quickly installed and even more quickly uninstalled as too many sites weren't rendering properly. I'm not seeing any of those issues with Beta 2 at the moment and I'm enjoying some of the features like the improved address bar.
You can download the beta here: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/beta/worldwide-sites.aspx
But for the professionals out there please look a bit further as there are some great materials out there to ready you to deploy IE8 or to get your site ready to be rendering properly in IE8.
If you're a web developer please start by checking out what Standards by Default means. Or would you rather complain than adding a simple meta tag to your pages? :-)
After having links to a staging server initially, all these links have been fixed on the compatibility center:
Miel Van Opstal (http://micromiel.com/) recently shared internally a list of nice Windows Mobile apps he saw demoed. There's some really cool stuff thout there!
http://www.jeyo.com/companion.asp *** update to the popular Outlook-style Windows Mobile device manager that allows you to manage and customize your Window Mobile device from your Windows PC. Its powerful threaded SMS chat mode enables you to communicate instantly with hundreds of millions of mobile phone users around the world using SMS directly from your PC, and manage all the important personal data on your Smartphone or Pocket PC phone
http://www.imagination.at/en/?Products:Mobile_Applications super cool applications for mobile, integrated with your daily life
http://www.cellfire.com/ next generation of shopping: Mobile coupons
https://m.mesh.com Live Mesh, mobile client
http://qik.com/ streaming video from your phone // http://m.vtap.com
http://m.wmwifirouter.com/ -- WMWifiRouter instantly turns your wifi enabled smartphone* into a wireless internet hotspot. Now you can use your laptop and any other device with wifi to get online and surf, email, instant message, and anything else you normally use the internet for!
http://www.dashwire.com/ Dashwire runs on Windows Mobile 5.0 and 6 phones., mirror the contents of your phone to the web, access and share pictures and videos.
I'm not sure how I would define a Service Pack these days but I'm glad to see that the VS team also uses this to add functionality. In Soma's words:
Not only were we able to fix the customer impacting bugs in this Service Pack, but we continued to add value to these products by putting in new features that they were asking for. A few examples of this are the .NET Client Profile which drastically reduced the size of the .NET Framework (by over 86%!) to allow for ease of deployment for .NET applications, support for SQL Server 2008 both in Visual Studio and through features such as the ADO.NET Data Services and ADO.NET Entity Framework, as well as multiple enhancements to ASP.NET and TFS. The performance and reliability issues we fixed in Visual Studio gives increased productivity to all developers.