Microsoft has geared up to release its IE 8 final by the end of this year 2008. They have made a beta release of IE 8 for Web developers and Designers. The new Internet Explorer comes well integrated with Microsoft online services like live, maps, spaces etc.
I felt that Its much faster compared to IE 7. Another facility targeting web developers and designers is the inbuilt application similar to Firebug in Firefox. Its is a good signal that IE Team is recognizing and learning lot of browser practices and thumb rules from Mozilla Firefox.
Download and feel the Internet Explorer 8 Beta.
Also read about the gift cake from IE Team to Mozilla on Firefox 3 release.