The Internet Explorer 8 team has announced that a release candidate (RC) will be available to the public in the first quarter of calendar year 2009.

The announcements were made on the IEBlog posting, IE8: What's After Beta 2. Dean Hachamovitch writes, "We have combed through instrumentation of over 20 million IE sessions and hundreds of hours of usability lab sessions. ... We will be very selective about what changes we make between the next update and final release."

You can download beta 2 (if you haven’t already) and let us know about your experience.