IE8 Beta Download

A nice offshoot of MIX 08 is the public availability of Internet Explorer (IE) 8 Beta 1 as of yesterday. While the new browser has many features, the standards support is what has me tickled pink, and you’ll be happy to hear blandname still renders properly in the new version.

So head on over to the IE8 page Microsoft has put up, and grab the first beta of the new next thing.

Some general info from the release notes, including some help on using certificates from within Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1, as well as a quick heads-up that the help is merely copied from IE7:

General information

Help content

Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 contains help content from Internet Explorer 7. Some topics will be broken or irrelevant. The help content will be updated in a later release of Internet Explorer 8.

New home page in home page set

Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 will add a new page to the home page set. This page will be automatically removed from the home page set two weeks after you install Internet Explorer Beta 1. You can remove this additional home page from your home page set at any time. Uninstalling Internet Explorer Beta 1 earlier than its automatic removal will not remove the additional home page. In that case, you can remove the home page manually.

Turning off the in-page WebSlice button

You can turn off the in-page WebSlice button in Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 by using the following method:

However, when you turn off the in-page WebSlice button, WebSlice discovery is also turned off in the Feed Discovery button that is located on the frame.

Viewing certificates in Windows Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1

Windows XP

When you click the View certificates icon after you click the Security Status Indicator lock icon in the address bar, you incorrectly receive the following message:

This type of document does not have a security certificate

To view the certificate, follow these steps:

1. Right-click the document, and then click Properties.
2. In the Properties dialog box, click Certificates.
Windows Vista

To view the certificate of an encrypted page, click the View certificates icon after you click the Security Status Indicator lock icon in the address bar.

If you right-click the document, you click Properties, and then you click Certificates, the certificate is not displayed.

Run IE 6 and IE 7 at the same time

Now that Internet Explorer 7 has been released in its final form, a lot of people are rushing out to install it as soon as possible. However, some web designers will want to keep a working version of Internet Explorer 6 to make sure their designs for IE7 aren’t broken in IE6. Jon Galloway has a great tool to have both versions of Internet Explorer installed and working at the same time, using a launcher comprised of a batch file and some registry hacks.

I tested the hackish launcher, and had no problems whatsoever.

Another mention: very soon IE7 is going to be a forced (pushed) update, so it’s going to be installed without you noticing, and Microsoft is going to reboot your computer, regardless of what you have left open overnight. To prevent having Internet Explorer 7 from being installed in the fashion, you’ll need to download the IE7 blocking tool from Microsoft.

Finally, if you don’t pass the WGA check to download the blocking tool, SnapFiles is providing a mirror of the IntelliAdmin IE7 Blocking Tool.