Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Now Available in 25 Languages


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Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Now Available in 25 Languages

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In August 2008, Dean announced the release of IE8 Beta 2 in English, Japanese, Chinese (Simplified), and German. Today the IE team  is pleased to announce the availability of Internet Explorer Beta 2 in 21 additional  languages. The languages released today are fully localized versions of the IE8 English Beta 2.

The Complete List of IE8 Beta 2 Languages

Arabic Chinese (Hong Kong) Chinese (Simplified) Chinese (Traditional) Czech
Danish Dutch English Finnish French
German Greek Hebrew Hungarian Italian
Japanese Korean Norwegian Polish Portuguese (Brazil)
Portuguese (Portugal) Russian Spanish Swedish Turkish

Note: Please visit the Internet Explorer 8 homepage on to download IE8 Beta 2 in your language of choice. Alternatively, you can download all languages from the Microsoft Download Center.

Supported Platforms

This release is supported only on x86 versions of the following platforms with the exception of Hebrew which is also supported on 64-Bit versions of Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. 

  • Windows Vista
  • Windows Vista SP1
  • Windows XP SP2
  • Windows XP SP3
  • Windows Server 2008

When installing localized versions of Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 on XP or Windows Server 2003 please remember that the base language of the operating system must match the IE8 language you are trying to install; otherwise the Setup Wizard will display an error. For Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, the base language of Windows does not need to match the Internet Explorer 8 language version in order for a successful install. When your user active language matches the Internet Explorer 8 language you installed, then IE8 will appear in the desired language. You will still be able to use IE8 in all other scenarios, but it will appear in English as a fall back version.

For further details on install guidelines, please see the How to Install localized versions of Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 section in the IE8 Beta 2 release notes and the Upgrading to Internet Explorer Beta 2 blog post.

For IE8 Beta 2 support, please consult the list of IE8 Frequently asked questions or visit the IE Beta Newsgroup. The Report a Webpage Problem add-on is available for download and allows you to report a website issue. Additionally, you can sign up through MS Connect to vote on IE8 Beta bugs or request to be added to the IE Technical Beta Program by following instructions found at the bottom of the IE8 Beta Feedback blog post.

With the release of these additional languages, the IE8 IEAK can now build an additional 20 language packages. Download the IEAK and learn more about how to customize IE8 here.

We're excited to enable more users to download IE8 Beta 2 and use it in their native languages! You're feedback is always welcome, so please leave us a comment on this post.

Vishwac Sena Kannan
International Program Manager

Edit: Added the link to the Internet Explorer 8 homepage and removed individual language links

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