IE8 lock-in locks up computers
If you're like me, or the other 19% of the browser population, you use Firefox for its security, stability and extensibility. However, Microsoft just released an update to its alternative browser, Internet Explorer 8, that "locks-in" users to that version if they have Windows XP Service Pack 3. Basically, if you liked the previous version –why?– too bad.
[This] affects users who downloaded and installed IE8 Beta 1 prior to updating Windows XP to SP3. If those users then upgrade IE8 to Beta 2, which Microsoft unveiled today, they will be stuck with both IE8 and Windows XP SP3.
Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 has garnered positive reviews since its release earlier this week, but if you're on Windows Vista, you've got a whole other set of problems.
Windows Vista users, however, will not see IE8 Beta 2 in Windows Update because update apparently cannot sniff out instances of IE8 Beta 1 and uninstall them automatically. Instead, users must remove Beta 1 manually
Once you've "locked" yourself into IE 8 Beta 2, everything should be fine, right? Wrong. Nine applications will freeze up and/or crash if you have the browser installed on your computer, including these two:
Visual Studio .Net Version 7… will crash on a PC that also contains IE8 Beta 2. "No workaround is currently available," Microsoft said in the release notes.
"If you install Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2, Windows Live Mail will crash when you create or reply to an e-mail message," Microsoft warned.