is to release the first Beta of the next version of Internet Explorer in the first half of 2008.
According to the Microsoft's IE Blog, an IE 8 prototype has passed a key Web standards test that ensures the browser won't "break" the Web. The Acid2 Browser test shows whether a browser renders a Web site in a certain way. If the browser renders the site correctly, it means the browser supports certain accepted Web standards.
A Microsoft spokesman said that this means that a Beta of the new browser can be safely released in the first half of next year.