Friday, March 20, 2009

Internet Explorer 8 now available

Downloaded and installed IE8 yesterday and I must say that it looks good, loads fast and has some new features under the hood. (see color coded tabs, cool eh)

I have shifted to Firefox since Maxthon (IE engine) did not support one of my essential net apps in their toolbar and also because of Firefox’s wide range of add-ons that are available for developers and designers. It seems like Microsoft adapted these “add-ons” and called them “Accelerators” which offer useful third-party plug-ins that you can access by right-clicking anywhere on the site.

IE8 also offers InPrivate browsing. If you’ve used Incognito Mode on Google Chrome then this is similar.

InPrivate Browsing in Internet Explorer 8 helps prevent your browsing history, temporary Internet files, form data, cookies, and usernames and passwords from being retained by the browser, leaving no evidence of your browsing or search history.”


IE8 also introduces Web Slices,  It’s acts sort of an RSS feed slash Widget for your browser. When you subscribed for example to an eBay item and a new information becomes available for that (1 hour left on bid time!), the Web Slice will become highlighted and clicking on the Web Slice in the Favorites Bar will show you the updated information.

Those are just some of the new features of Internet Explorer 8, I may try using IE once again only if they can add more developer tools and plug-ins rivaling the huge library of Firefox add-ons

Read 8 Reasons to Fall in love with IE8 

Click Here to Download Internet Explorer 8

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