Users warn of problems with IE8 Beta 2
One day after Microsoft released the second public beta for Internet Explorer 8, users have reported issues with its installation and sites and services that are incompatible.
While such behavior is expected of beta software, some problems appear to exist within Microsoft services themselves.
Microsoft acknowledges some of this. In a blog on Wednesday, Microsoft IE developers explain how IE8 users running Windows XP SP3 will not be able to downgrade back to IE7 without uninstalling the service pack first. Indeed, depending on which version of Windows a person has, 32-bit or 64-bit edition, it will require specific steps to either install or remove the browser. For example, Windows Vista users must be running SP1 before installing IE8 Beta 2.
Known issues with IE8 beta 2 can be found in Microsoft Knowledgebase article 949787, and include problems with ClearType, exiting out of Windows Live Mail (Hotmail), and various problems when using search.
Windows Live Meeting does not recognize IE8 Beta 2 as one of its supported browsers.
Among the user-reported problems is one using Windows Live Meeting 2007 with IE8 Beta 2 installed. ZDNet Asia’s sister site, CNET News.com, has confirmed that Live Meeting, both using the Web-based and client download version, does not run under IE8 Beta 2. Nor does the built-in compatibility feature within IE8 Beta 2 correct the glitch.
Another user-reported problem accessing Netflix ‘Watch Now’, an online streaming feature.
This article was first published as a blog on CNET News.com.