The first release candidate for Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, released last month
, addressed a number of technical behavioral issues that, according to IE8 Program Manager Herman Ng yesterday
, included some serious crashes and system hangs. That's normal for even a public beta like IE8 Beta 2, and the new Crash Recovery feature in RC1 addresses 94% of these "reliability problems," Ng said, albeit with what could be for many testers a very well-used safety net.
But what about Windows 7 beta testers? The IE8 release candidates currently available are for Windows Vista and Windows XP, separately. Microsoft decided it would be a good idea to address their concerns as well, so yesterday, it begain issuing a "reliability update" for its version of IE8. This doesn't make its IE8 a "release candidate for Windows 7," though it does roll up the various fixes implemented in the Vista and XP RC versions.