Microsoft has issued a "reliability update" for the version of Internet Explorer 8 contained in the Windows 7 beta. The update mainly addresses stability problems within the browser, but also covers issues with some third-party components.
The update is strictly for users running the Windows 7 beta. Microsoft said that many of the same fixes for the Windows XP and Vista versions of the browser had been included in last month's release candidate update.
IE programme manager Herman Ng said in a blog post that the update should fix many of the most common stability problems in Windows 7.
"This update will address many of the top crashes and hangs from the Windows 7 beta, which includes those caused by Internet Explorer as well as third-party components like Adobe Flash, Adobe Acrobat and several others," wrote Ng.
The update comes as both products near their release. IE8 has been described by Microsoft developers as "effectively done", and the company has also revealed that it will soon be taking Windows 7 out of beta status.
While the official target for release is the first quarter of 2010, some have speculated that the new version of Windows could be in the shops by Christmas.
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