MiKTeX 2.8 has been released in September 2009.
It is considered out-of-date.
MiKTeX 2.8 will reach end of life on Tuesday, December 31, 2013.
Starting Wednesday, January 01, 2014 it will not be possible to install packages from the MiKTeX package repository.
The current release is 2.9.
See the setup page.