March 19th 2009 3:01 pm PT

IE 8 Now available


If you use Internet Explorer for your web browsing needs, you may be interested to know that a final, release version of IE8 is now available for download*. For security and stability, it’s always best to run the latest release version of your preferred browser.  If you’re already running Firefox, Safari, Chrome, Opera or any the other browsers out there, maybe it’s time to check to see if you’re on their latest released bits (as we say in the software industry.)


*Windows Vista and Windows XP users only. If you’re running the Windows 7 Beta, read the special message on the IE8 site.


Technology By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • Secret Fuller

    im on windows 7 beta, So what do i do?

  • Secret Fuller

    We’re sorry, but you won’t be able to download Internet Explorer 8 for Windows 7 Beta at this time.

    Windows 7 Beta already includes a pre-release candidate version of Internet Explorer 8 that is optimized for that release. Windows 7 enables unique features and functionality in Internet Explorer 8 including Windows Touch and Jump Lists which require additional product tests to ensure we are providing the best Windows experience for our customers. We will continue to update the version of Internet Explorer 8 running on Windows 7 as the development cycles of Windows 7 progress and plan to include the final version of Internet Explorer 8 in the release candidate version of Windows 7 later this year. For the latest information on Windows 7, visit the Windows 7 site.

  • LinuxUser

    It doesn’t run on Ubuntu either which is a good thing. Everyone should be using Firefox any way.

  • deltawing12

    Will never be as good as Firefox.

  • TheMacJedi

    Nobody says “latest released bits”, Mr. Blogcast or is it Mr. Showgram?

  • A Place for Us

    I am so used to Firefox now. That browser won me over.

  • DevsterC

    Unless this is getting released on the 360, I really don’t think it needed plugging on what’s supposed to be a 360 blog. I’m fairly sure SOMEONE else SOMEWHERE in the MS community will find time to post about it.

    Granted, it’s a change from posts comprised of just marketplace content listings.

  • Pastel360

    No thanks, Im happy with firefox :)

  • darkjester74

    A bit off topic Larry, don’t you think? I can see this being on your Twitter feed, but on what amounts to the official Xbox blog, not so much. Are you going to be updating us on new Office releases next? Well, its your blog, so /shrug.

  • Major Nelson

    I post what interests me. I think some may find this interesting, and at the very least it’s a reminder to update what EVER browser you are running.

  • iSupremacyX

    wait, people still use IE?

  • ShaggyB

    thanks major… i flux between ie and firefox at home…. good to know 8 is out….

  • BrooksterMax

    I can’t find it on Xbox Marketplace, also is it gonna cost 1200 points? I hope it is 400 points, 1200 points is a rip off!


  • BidShelf

    “Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage”. Is there another link or mirrors, this is saturated?

  • Sneeches

    IE is the WORST browser in the world!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    lol IE … I’ll stick to Firefox, thanks.

  • LinuxUser

    That was awesome!!

  • JohnnyricoMC

    well, thanks for the heads-up, I hope IE8 is more W3 compliant, cause IE6 has made the life of web developers worldwide miserable.
    to call IE the worst browser, nah, but let’s just say web developers really hate IE6.

  • dbert721

    Stolen from Slashdot:

    You know that kid who rushes to the top of the hill, just knowing that he’s finally going to win King of the Hill for the first time ever? Then when he gets to the top of the hill, he’s elated when he realizes he’s at the top… only to realize a few moments later that all the other kids ran up a different hill?

    That’s Microsoft.

  • SuperMuchBrown

    using Chrome and Safari 4. Thanks anyway.

  • Doctor Seleski

    So does IE finally meet the CSS standards for padding and margins?

  • cassadinechik

    IE7 has already improved our web dev time tremendously over the IE6 problems. IE8 I think is supposed to be more compliant with web standards.

    And I like the general tech update now and then, but then I am a web developer, so *shrug*

  • SalamanderSkill

    Firefox for me….. Is MS considering making IE subscription based? Paying for LIVE is the biggest rip off ever! It’s not even utilizing dedicated servers so we pay for lag….
    Expecting a paid browser is no stretch of the imagination.

  • yolarrydabomb

    Firefox for Life!

    No thanks. too bad IE6 does not work on Vista.

  • Turtle502

    I actually like IE8 and think it’s a good improvement over IE7, but it’s still a bit slow compared to some of the lighter-weight browsers. Why IE? Because it integrates nicely with Windows…and I don’t have any scratch-my-head moments like I’ve had trying to get things to work in Chrome or other browsers.


    no thx – Firefox is 10x better.

  • Lucifonz

    Its awful. Removed the sleek look of the tabs in IE7 and replaced it with a very Windows 2000’esque square sharp edges style.

    Not only that but its littered with cluttering features. And to top things off when you open a new tab it takes a few seconds to do it, in IE7 its almost instant.

    No thanks – reverted

  • DjFIL

    all I can say… pwn2own… all browsers failed.

  • Lucifonz

    Also Major, wheres the Midnight Club DLC which is meant to be out today??

  • NBA2kChico

    I use my Safari…….
    my MacBook Pro runs good wit it…

  • seldinhio

    No thanks, Opera is the shit. Typical MS.

  • Computerdude103

    I wanted IE8 to be good, but it’s VERY dissapointing. Not even close to as fast as the new Chrome beta I downloaded, and still playing catchup on many features that are already in Firefox. “accellerators” is an OK idea, but is also basically already in firefox, and there aren’t any good ones as of now anyway.

  • Gooser711

    Good hopefully now they’ll update MS Money so that the reports work in IE8.

  • SteelCity Beast

    I had the BETA for IE8 but I LOVE GOOGLE CHROME… Now i am on that and it will take a lot to get me off


    Google Chrome will change your life

  • Hawaiian c

    i use Firefox as my default i just dont trust IE to many attacks “virus” already on it and well i just dont like how IE is bind to the OS its abit close to the OS core also i just like how the Firefox pop up control to a tab instead to a new window

  • SteelCity Beast

    Well…. Just downloaded Opera lets see how it goes

  • Capp00

    The only thing IE is good for is getting Windows Updates. IE7 is/was a turd, just like IE6. can’t stand IE.

    FireFox is the only browser that is worth using, followed by Opera.

  • Vasilii Zaytsev

    Never going to beat Firefox.

  • AriesDog

    I’m in the silent majority. I like Internet Explorer. Never had any problems with it.

  • Monster Warfare

    Thanks Major, I will try this out!

  • AriesDog

    DevsterC, this isn’t an official 360 site. It’s Larry Hyrb’s blog. He can post about anything he wants, from the latest game to a movie he saw. Of course, since he’s the inside man at Xbox 99.9% of his posts are going to be baout the 360. Though he usually keeps the other stuff to his Twitter feed on the left.

  • Exu

    Still on Firefox. I tried Chrome last night but I couldn’t get into it. It just didn’t look “right”, and not being able to scroll by clicking the mouse wheel = fail, I’ve been doing that for years.
    Still, I’ll give IE8 a go and see what I think.

  • Monster Warfare

    I downloaded it, and it looks really good, only thing is like images won’t show, but I am sure it will get fixed.

  • Warp3

    I find it humorous that their browser test video didn’t include Opera…hehe. IE has actually been fairly quick for several versions now, but usually not quite Opera quick.

  • Mikro

    Yeah IE 8 is out I’m one of the few thousand of testers that been bug bashing for 8+ months Finally IE running better than it ever has before.

  • Hi I am Phil

    Ill stick with my Firefox, the addons really do it for me.

  • DesertBear360

    Windows 7 beta included IE8 Beta not IE8 final release. You can install IE8 final in Windows 7 Beta.

  • Makavelo

    pass, Chrome is free, IE8 probably will cost 1600MS points, lol.

  • Foxsnipe

    Thanks for the notice Major.

    Ever since Firefox became bloated and implemented scrolling tabs and that god-awful Smart address bar I’ve resorted to v2 and even then rarely if ever use it.