IE8 Update: Browser to Ship in 2009
Dean Hachamovitch, general manager of Internet Explorer at Microsoft, delivers an update on Internet Explorer 8, saying the product will ship in 2009. Microsoft had said the final version of the IE8 browser would ship by the end of 2008.Although Microsoft had been saying as late as the summer that it expected to release version 8 of Internet Explorer by the end of the year, it looks like we will have to wait until 2009 to see it. Indeed, according to published reports, Microsoft said IE8 would be available "later this year."
In a blog post on the IEBlog site, Dean Hachamovitch, general manager of Internet Explorer, gave an update on the status of IE8, noting that Microsoft has been listening to feedback from users and is working to complete the technology.
"Since the release of Beta 2, the team has been absorbed in the data we get from real people about the product. We have combed through instrumentation of over 20 million IE sessions and hundreds of hours of usability lab sessions. Together with IE MVPs, we have scrutinized thousands of threads from user forums and examined the issues that people are raising (not to mention all the times users opt to "Report a Webpage Problem..."). We have also spent hundreds of hours listening and answering questions in meetings with partners and other important organizations. We simply could not deliver IE8 the way our customers and developers want us to without all this information."