Friday, 29 August 2008

Internet Explorer 8 beta 2 Released


Internet Explorer 8 beta 2 has just been released, you can get it from here:

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/beta/default.aspx

This beta is being reccomended not just for developers, but regular web users too.

Some new features include:

Accelerators
Accelerators let you complete your everyday browsing activities more quickly and even discover new services. Start mapping, translating, emailing, and more in just a few mouse clicks.

Compatibility View
Internet Explorer 8's built-in Compatibility View button enables you to display websites that were designed for older browsers. Simply press the Compatibility View button if you see display problems on a website like misaligned text, images, or text boxes. It's located next to the Refresh button on the Address Bar.

Search Suggestions
Search smarter with detailed suggestions from your favorite search providers and browsing history. See visual previews and get suggested content topics while you type in the enhanced Instant Search Box.

Web Slices
Keep up with changes to the sites you care about most. Add a Web Slice and you won't have to go back to the same website again and again for updates on news, stock quotes, online auctions, weather, or even sports scores.

Smartscreen Filter
New security features help to protect you against deceptive and malicious websites which can compromise your data, privacy, and identity.

InPrivate Browsing
Keep Internet Explorer 8 from adding any sites you visit to Browsing History with InPrivate Browsing. Now you can shop for that special gift with confidence knowing your family won't accidentally find out.

I'll let you know if it replaces Firefox 3 as my private browser, but I wouldn't hold your breath :)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Nice post Dan :)

Some other goodies (exciting from a sysadmin point of view)

- More than 100 new Group Policy settings added for IE8;

- DEP is turned on by default for IE8;

- Developer tools are included;

- IE8 can be slipstreamed;

You might be interested in http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/beta/readiness/developers.aspx