"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 Neowin.net 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."