Microsoft says it needs more Internet Explorer 8 beta testers

With Beta 2 of the Web browser due next month, Microsoft is looking to sign up more official testers for Internet Explorer 8, saying it's the only way for individuals to directly file bug reports.

Like with Beta 1, the second beta of IE8 will be made available for public download. Still, there's good reason to become a participant in Microsoft's IE8 Technical Beta program. In addition to filing a direct bug reports, official testers can be invited to other beta programs, such as Windows 7 or Office 14.

In addition, Microsoft occasionally makes beta builds available to testers that it does not release to the public, offering a chance to try out and provide feedback on new features in advance. With the final release of IE8 due later this year, it's likely that interim builds will follow Beta 2.

"These beta testers commit to spending time with IE8 betas and file bugs when they observe unexpected behaviors. The IE team will be evaluating this set of bugs, looking for the most impactful bugs to all of our users," Microsoft's Kellie Eickmeyer explained in March.

"If you wish to be a part of making IE better by contributing great bug reports then please email us at [email protected] and tell us a little about yourself including why you'd be a great beta tester," writes IE program manager Allison Burnett on the IEBlog.

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