It’s exciting when we have a new beta to release! The launch of IE8 developer beta is a huge milestone, and we have set up various mechanisms to collect feedback. Before I list out all of our feedback channels for IE8 betas, I want to explain what we learned from our experience with IE7 feedback.
We were thrilled but a little overwhelmed by the amount of input we got in IE7. Frankly, we couldn’t keep up and really do a good job handling the free-form bug entries. So we want to try something new for IE8. We’ve asked our best bug finders from IE7 and other Microsoft beta programs to handle the bug reporting. (Note: We’ll keep evaluating our invite list and add promising new people as we find them -- and removing ones who aren’t delivering).
Everyone will be able to see the bugs they enter and vote on the ones they think are most important. There are instructions how to do this at the end of this blog.
We also have built ways to help us collect feedback in automated ways from everyone. Some of these are technologies you’re probably familiar with like the Customer Experience Improvement Program, which gives us real world usage data like “how many times people click the back button in a session,” and information when IE crashes or hangs. We have also added a new tool called “Report a Webpage Problem…” to help report website compatibility issues.
So here is the more detailed listing of our feedback channels:
So, what do you do if you believe you have an issue that the IE team needs to know about? Here are the steps we encourage you to take:
If you want to request being added to the IE Technical Beta, you can send email to: IESO@microsoft.com, Subject: Apply for IE Tech Beta, and tell us why you are a great beta tester. There is a limit to the number of people we will add, so if you don’t make it in, please follow our guidelines above when you encounter issues.
Thanks and happy beta!
Kellie Eickmeyer Lead Program Manager
[Update: Release Notes link updated]