Microsoft patches IE8 bugs in Windows 7

Addresses unknown number of stability, reliability issues, but fails to move browser to RC1

"This is relatively good for a pre-release version of Internet Explorer running on a beta operating system," Ng said.

Earlier this month, an often-reliable Web site said that Microsoft would wrap up IE8 development next month, and perhaps have a "release-to-manufacturing" (RTM) build ready by as early as March 6. Tuesday, however, the Windows enthusiast site cited a Russian source who claimed that Microsoft had signed off on IE8 RTM last Saturday, February 21.

Microsoft has refused to set a public release schedule for IE8. Last week, for instance, a company spokeswoman would only say, "Our timeline is driven by the quality of the product."

The update can be manually downloaded in both 32- and 64-bit versions from Microsoft's Web site, or retrieved using Windows 7's integrated update mechanism.

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