We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

Microsoft looking for 'great' IE8 beta testers

New version of browser expected this month

Microsoft is asking for more Internet Explorer (IE) 8 beta testers via a company blog.

Currently, the only way to directly file a bug with the IE team is if someone is a part of the IE8 technical beta programme on Microsoft Connect. Now, if people want to contribute IE8 bug reports, they can email Microsoft at [email protected], said Microsoft Program Manager Allison Burnett on the IEBlog.

She also requested that people sending emails explain why they would be a "great beta tester".

Microsoft is expected to release another beta of IE8, the next version of its browser software, this month.

Microsoft released the first beta of IE8 in March at its MIX 08 conference. The company plans to add more support for industry standard protocols, such as CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), in the browser and has responded to developer feedback that it needs to bring them in to test IE8 as much as possible so they can prepare websites for these changes.

Microsoft made IE7, the current version of its browser, more standards compliant when it was released in October 2006. However, many websites that had been developed to work with older versions of IE that did not support open standards did not work on IE7 and had to be recoded. Microsoft hopes to avoid a similar problem with IE8.

Microsoft plans to release the final code for IE8 before the end of the year.

Internet Explorer 8.0 review

Internet Explorer 7.0 review

IDG UK Sites

Best camera phone of 2015: iPhone 6 Plus vs LG G4 vs Galaxy S6 vs One M9 vs Nexus 6

IDG UK Sites

In defence of BlackBerrys

IDG UK Sites

Why we should reserve judgement on Apple ditching Helvetica in OS X/iOS for the Apple Watch's San...

IDG UK Sites

Retina 3.3GHz iMac 27in preview: Apple cuts £400 of price of Retina iMac with new model