Internet Explorer 8 RC1: almost ready to roll

Release Candidate 1 of Microsoft's IE8 offers faster performance, better searches, more security and enough stability to be truly useful.

The bottom line

IE8 is clearly nearly ready for release. RC1 is stable and fast, and it contains a full feature set, although there is still a bug or two -- for example, the fact that it wasn't able to display RSS feeds in the Address Bar as I typed URLs.

Although it's generally not a good idea to use release candidates for production machines, I've been using RC1 without any problems on one of mine. The usual caveats apply as with any prerelease software -- it's not yet finished and so should not be counted upon.

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