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    News - Microsoft launches consumer-ready IE8 Beta 2

    The latest beta release of Internet Explorer 8 is now available, and it's said to be suitable for anyone who browses the web.
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    Re: News - Microsoft launches consumer-ready IE8 Beta 2

    Tried to get it for XP x64 this morning.

    It was listed in the system requirements, so is compatible.

    But there two closest options for the download are "Windows XP" and "Windows Server 2003 x64". The latter says there's no download available, the former says I don't have a supported OS when I run it.

    Cheers MS.
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    Re: News - Microsoft launches consumer-ready IE8 Beta 2

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    Tried to get it for XP x64 this morning.

    It was listed in the system requirements, so is compatible.

    But there two closest options for the download are "Windows XP" and "Windows Server 2003 x64". The latter says there's no download available, the former says I don't have a supported OS when I run it.

    Cheers MS.
    Er...it's on this list:

    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/int...ide-sites.aspx

    EDIT: Ignore me! Misread the post!

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    Re: News - Microsoft launches consumer-ready IE8 Beta 2

    I really wanted to try this, but the release notes say its incompatible with Windows Mail Live, which is my main mail program. Also, I've been hearing it doesn't install on XP with Sp3 installed...

    Hope they get these things worked out before the final! I can't wait to be able to use IE8.

    PS: Does anyone know if it can be installed alongside IE7, or does it overwrite it?

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    Re: News - Microsoft launches consumer-ready IE8 Beta 2

    Quote Originally Posted by 2Cold Scorpio View Post
    PS: Does anyone know if it can be installed alongside IE7, or does it overwrite it?
    In my job it's a necessity to have IE6/7 running together. It can be done with 6/7/8 too apparently:

    http://blog.case.edu/jeremy.smith/20...n_same_machine

    Basically you upgrade IE7 to IE8, then pop standalone versions of IE7 & 6 on (and 5 if you really want).

    But my guess is anything that wants to use IE components will have to use IE8's libraries, so it won't fix incompatibilities like Windows Mail Live, I shouldn't think.
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    Re: News - Microsoft launches consumer-ready IE8 Beta 2

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    In my job it's a necessity to have IE6/7 running together. It can be done with 6/7/8 too apparently:

    http://blog.case.edu/jeremy.smith/20...n_same_machine

    Basically you upgrade IE7 to IE8, then pop standalone versions of IE7 & 6 on (and 5 if you really want).

    But my guess is anything that wants to use IE components will have to use IE8's libraries, so it won't fix incompatibilities like Windows Mail Live, I shouldn't think.
    That's what I was thinking (that keeping 7 wouldn't solve the incompatibility).

    Oh, thanks for inadvertently reminding me how to have multiple versions of IE installed. I do web development too...well, not so much anymore; all I work on these days is GuildCom, and WordPress does a lot of the work. But a few years back, I used to maintain IE 4 & 5, and later, IE 5 & 6. However, the last couple of years, I haven't needed that, and since I built my new rig, I never set back up all that (all I currently run is IE7, FF3, and Opera 9.5), and it never occurred to me to remember how. lol Still, I might just do that now that you mention it... I assume that if I install IE6 after having IE7 installed (I built my XP SP2 disk to slipstream it in), its easy to remove IE6 later, if need be?

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    Re: News - Microsoft launches consumer-ready IE8 Beta 2

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    But my guess is anything that wants to use IE components will have to use IE8's libraries, so it won't fix incompatibilities like Windows Mail Live, I shouldn't think.
    I've just finished installing IE8, also just checked my email in Live Mail, so not all doom and gloom. OS=Vista HP 32-bit.

    I can't find the warnings referred to above, but the FAQ seems optimistic enough;
    Quote Originally Posted by Release Notes & FAQ
    How do I email from within Internet Explorer?

    Highlight the webpage content you wish to send and click on the Accelerator button that appears next to your selected content.

    Select Email with Live Mail to send via Live Mail if you use that service. You may have to login to Live Mail before you send.

    You can also use other web-based mail services, as long as those companies have enabled an Accelerator for emailing within Internet Explorer 8.

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    Re: News - Microsoft launches consumer-ready IE8 Beta 2

    Has anyone installed IE8 Beta 2 on XP Sp3? I can't imagine MS would have got it so wrong that this is a problem.

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    Re: News - Microsoft launches consumer-ready IE8 Beta 2

    Got it installed on x64 now.

    Just had my first run-in with the new debugger... damn sight better than the old one.

    But now I have too many browsers.

    Opera, FF2, FF3, Chrome, IE6, IE7, IE8.

    It ain't good.
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