My desktop is XP, IE8 v8.0.6001.18702.
A new program updater with WinPatrolPlus tells me that there is a newer version, v11.00.9600.16521 so I first went to the MS IR Downloads page. There was nothing there that referred to a version number but I downloaded it anyway - twice.
I still have the v8x.
Microsoft's site is not at all helpful - now way to check for the latest version of a product and I next went to the user community help. Looks pretty and has a fast filter to get to your product but then I was stuck. There's no 'create new message' button. I then rang their 5p fee plus 5p a minute telephone help line, selecting Downloads Help. (Roughly 8 US cents a minute).
After 20 minutes of ads the woman who answered said her team don't deal with this kind of download problem!
So I'm now doing what I probably should have done straightaway - ask the helpful experts here.
(1) How can I check for the latest version of IE8 please and
(2) Can I download it from another site, any one except Microsoft?
PS I have a new Win7 IE11 desktop ready to set up.