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Is the IE8 update for Windows 7 Beta (KB962921) “IE8 Release Candidate 1”?

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An update for Internet Explorer was released yesterday that corrects a few IE crashes & extension issues on Windows 7, but the word from the horse’s mouth is: No, this is not IE8 Release Candidate 1 for Windows 7.

This update does not contain other changes introduced between the Windows 7 Beta and Internet Explorer 8 Release Candidate 1 [via http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/]

The standards compliance & performance improvements in IE8 Release Candidate 1, which I’ve heard are substantial, are still not yet available for Windows 7 users in the general public. You’ll have to keep limping along with Windows 7 Beta’s variation on IE8 Beta 2 until Windows 7’s own release candidate arrives.

The nitty-gritty details [via http://support.microsoft.com/kb/962921]

  • When Internet Explorer 8 is installed with Adobe Flash Player 10, Internet Explorer may become unresponsive.
  • You experience a Print dialog box that is unusable when you try to print an Adobe PDF document.
  • After a crash, Internet Explorer 8 becomes unresponsive, and you must restart the computer to resolve the problem.
  • Internet Explorer 8 may crash when you visit some Web sites. (I thought you said this was going to be nitty-gritty!)
  • Internet Explorer 8 may crash when you resize the browser window.
  • Internet Explorer 8 does not seem to remember information that was stored in cookies on the computer.
  • Popular third-party extensions cause crashes in Internet Explorer 8.
  • Previously blocked third-party extensions are no longer blocked after you upgrade to Internet Explorer 8.

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