Well Microsoft released Internet Explorer 8 as of 12pm EST.
You can download it here.
If you interested in reading the press conference then check that out here.
The following is an insert from the above mentioned link.
“Customers have made clear what they want in a Web browser — safety, speed and greater ease of use,” said Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft. “With Internet Explorer 8, we are delivering a browser that gets people to the information they need, fast, and provides protection that no other browser can match.”
There is also a quick tour that you can take before downloading. Check it out here.