Welcome to the world of betas....

I received the following email today:

"I need to uninstall ie 8 beta it sucks ..

<<name removed>>


Ie 8 is the worst program from Microsoft EVER"

Our (un)friendly correspondent doesn't seem to understand the implications of downloading and installing a BETA program - especially an early beta that is called Internet Explorer 8 for Developers.

The Internet Explorer 8 Web site's download page states that "This beta is aimed at web developers and designers to help them take advantage of new features in Internet Explorer 8 that will enhance their websites."  Not only that, the Download Centre itself warns that "This beta release is available to everyone, but is primarily for Web developers and designers to test the new tools, layout engine, and programming enhancements."

Assuming our (un)friendly correspondent is actually a web developer or designer, he seems to have failed to heed the suggestion on the IE8 web page that he check out the Internet Explorer 8 Readiness Toolkit which is a pity, because if he had looked at the Toolkit he would have found a link to the Internet Explorer 8 Release Notes which include removal information for Internet Explorer 8.

Perhaps availability of Internet Explorer 8 for Developers should have been restricted to Technet and MSDN subscribers and a limited pool of experienced beta testers - then I wouldn't be getting emails from people like our (un)friendly correspondent who want to install betas but can't be bothered with reading the documentation.

Oh well, I may as well answer the guy's question - here is a copy of the relevant segment of the Internet Explorer 8 Release Notes:


Published Sat, Mar 29 2008 16:54 by sandi
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# re: Welcome to the world of betas....

Monday, March 31, 2008 9:58 AM by Alun Jones

Maybe your correspondent is more used to the world of Open Source, where software spends much of its time at version "0.99", and is in perpetual beta test state.