Microsoft Moves Closer To Final IE8 Release

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In a Monday blog post, Internet Explorer General Manager Dean Hachamovitch announced the launch of IE8 Release Candidate 1 and said it incorporates user feedback Microsoft has gathered since launching IE8 Beta 2 last August.

The result is better reliability, performance and compatibility, according to Hachamovitch. "The IE8 product is effectively complete and done," he wrote.

The growing scourge of "clickjacking," a tactic in which attackers sneak malicious code invisibly into the background of legitimate Web sites to harvest confidential data to gain control over users' PCs, is a main focus of IE8. Microsoft has worked closely with the security community to ensure that IE8 can detect this type of attack, Hachamovitch said.

"Sites can now protect themselves and their users from clickjacking attacks 'out of the box,' without impacting compatibility or requiring browser add-ons," Hachamovitch wrote.

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IE8 RC1 works with Windows Vista, XP and Server, but not with the Windows 7 beta, the users of which will get an updated IE8 with the next update of Windows 7, Hachamovitch wrote.