Microsoft has released a public beta version of Internet Explorer 8.0 (IE 8.0) browser which offers capabilities such as improved interoperability and full compliance with the Cascading Style Sheets 2.1 specification. The beta is available at Microsoft's official IE 8.0 page.

With IE 8.0, CSS 2.1 support will help developers and designers write pages once and have them render properly across different browsers, Microsoft said. A WebSlices capability enables users to mark parts of pages as WebSlices and monitor information. A Favourites bar displays WebSlices visuals.

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New navigation features for Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (AJAX) are also featured in IE 8.0, focused on the back/forward navigation stack and address bar. Enhanced protection from deceptive websites is featured, as are phishing filter enhancements.

Check back for our first look at IE 8.0