This morning Nirmal emailed me news that IE8 Beta was out.

Direct download links have now gone live and here they are:

Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 for Windows Vista x64 Edition and Windows Server 2008 x64 Edition

Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 for Window XP SP2

Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 for Windows Server 2003 SP2

Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 for Windows Server 2003 SP2 x64 Edition and Windows XP SP2 Pro x64 Edition

Internet Explorer 8 can be installed on Microsoft Windows Vista® Service Pack 1 (SP1), Windows Vista, Windows XP® Service Pack 2 (SP2), Windows Server® 2008 and Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2).

Microsoft has confirmed that IE8 will pass the ACID test and that you will be able to click the Emulate IE7 button in the command bar to browse the web like you did in IE7 when not developing your web site.

How will SharePoint cope with IE8 Beta? Look for yourself here.

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