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Microsoft Unleashes Internet Explorer 8

Microsoft Unleashes Internet Explorer 8

Internet Explorer die-hards rejoice: the latest version of this market-dominating browser is now available. Internet Explorer 8 replaces Internet Explorer 7, which currently holds a 72.2% share of the browser market according to a recent survey from Janco Associates. IE8, as it is commonly called, has been available as a public beta for about a year but today’s release marks its full public rollout.

The most notable features with the latest version of Internet Explorer include improved security, increased standards support, and an overhauled user interface.

IE8’s enhanced security protection will warn users if they are about to download something from a known malware site. According to NSS Labs, this enhanced security beats out Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Google Chrome, and Opera in its ability to catch and block malware. In fact, NSS Labs found that IE8 Release Candidate 1 caught 69% of malware with its SmartScreen filtering, while Firefox 3.07 caught only 30%.

Other security features in IE8 include an InPrivate Browsing mode that does not save any browsing history trails. IE8 can also protect against certain cross-site scripting attacks, click-jacking, and the installation of malicious ActiveX controls.

 Internet Explorer 8 Accelerators

Even with these security enhancements, however, a hacker successfully hijacked a machine running the IE8 release candidate and Windows 7 beta at the third-annual Pwn2Own contest. Competitive browsers were also hacked during the contest.

Developers and standards advocates have long criticized IE for not supporting Web standards well enough. Standards support comes at the cost of compatibility, however, so this is a bit of a controversial topic. To address standards support, Microsoft is including both a legacy browsing mode as well as a standards browsing mode in IE8. Developers can add a tag to their sites to let IE know if the site should be opened in standards mode or compatibility mode. Microsoft also maintains a list of sites that are incompatible with standards mode.

IE8’s user interface now features color-coded browser tabs, the ability to recommend sites, and a new visual search feature that lets you preview suggested search results in a drop-down list. There’s also an auto-complete feature for searches and URLs and a toolbar for searching within a page (similar to what Firefox offers). New tabs in IE8 show commonly visited sites as links. What’s more, the tabs now work in isolation, so if one tab crashes, the entire browser doesn’t.

Other new features include Accelerators which reduce the need to copy something from one Web page and paste it into another. With Accelerators, you can perform actions such as translation, mapping, and search from the right-click context menu. Another new feature called Web Slices lets users create a link on their favorites bar to bring up a small portion of a website such as a condensed weather forecast, eBay auction, stock quote, or blog post. Web Slices requires work on the part of site developers, so the feature is still few and far between right now. We expect to see this feature become more prevalent in the future.

Internet Explorer 8 is a free download for people using licensed Microsoft operating systems. IE8 is available for 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server.

 Internet Explorer 8 WebSlices

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me thinks a lot of these ideas were "shared" from competitors..meh I just downloaded the new chrome beta today and have been enjoying it.

I have been using IE8 with my virtual machine running Windows 7....

My personal opinion? Chrome > IE8

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ice91785:

My personal opinion? Chrome > IE8

Security wise Chrome was the only browser to not get exploited @ CanWest. every other major browser got 0wn3d.. opera, safari, IE7&8, firefox 2/3/3.1

 

I do like some of the new stuff in IE8 though.

 

web slices could be interesting if done right. I mean you can grab pieces of a website and put them all on a custom page with just what you are interested in sort of like what igoogle has been doing for years, only you can do it with any content you can grab via the interent.

 

 

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>> Internet Explorer 8 is a free download for people using licensed Microsoft operating systems.

"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."

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Do you actually have to pay for IE if you don't have Windows? That's a first for me.

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>> Do you actually have to pay for IE if you don't have Windows? That's a first for me.

About the time Microsoft "won" the first browser wars, they came up with a great new strategy: Say that version of IE post-4.0 are "part of the operating system", discontinue updates for the Macintosh version, and put a legal statement in the EULA that says you have no right to use IE unless you have a Windows license (which prevents other OS owners from using it via Wine-like tech).

It was supposed to drive Macintosh users to Windows, since MS killed off the companies making the only decent Mac browsers at the time.

This was one of the reasons Microsoft was ordered broken up into two companies in 2000.

Microsoft donated $2.5M to Bush and other Republican's election campaigns that year, and the Bush justice department then reversed the decision the following year. Totally above the board, of course.

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A 72.2 % market share ? Of which market ? Here in Europe in Januari this year, the total IE share, according to XiTi's survey of 122099 websites in 32 European countries, was 58.1 %, of which 66 % were IE7, the rest earlier versions. Firefox's market share was 32.5 %, of which 88 % were Firefox 3. Let us try to be more specific when we discuss market shares....

Henri

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mhenriday:

A 72.2 % market share ? Of which market ? Here in Europe in Januari this year, the total IE share, according to XiTi's survey of 122099 websites in 32 European countries, was 58.1 %, of which 66 % were IE7, the rest earlier versions. Firefox's market share was 32.5 %, of which 88 % were Firefox 3. Let us try to be more specific when we discuss market shares....

Henri

We have much slower people here in the states. I think IE8 is still very slow. It takes a while to open up and do anything even in Windows 7.

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yeah slower cause not everyone has broadband access.

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Drago:
yeah slower cause not everyone  CHOOSES TO HAVE broadband access.

I fixed that for you Big Smile

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ice91785:

Drago:
yeah slower cause not everyone  HAS broadband access.

I fixed that for you Big Smile

http://broadbandcensus.com/zipcodes/lookup/71496

I fixed that for you.  :)

(and satellite doesn't count:  I've seen first hand that it's slower than dial-up during prime-time, not to mention unsuitable for many apps like gaming due to latency.)

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3vi1:

It looks like AT&T covers that area pretty well however (Sprint and Alltell also have decent coverage)-- aircard would work swimmingly! :) aircard might not be as fast as fib, but definitely faster than 50kbps....

I'd still tend to argue that Satellite still counts seeing as its WAAAY faster than dialup for 20 out of 24 hrs a day and roughly the same as dialup during said peakhours

 

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>> It looks like AT&T covers that area pretty well however (Sprint and Alltell also have decent coverage)

I picked the area code I did because my parents zip code doesn't even appear on the charts. There's not even cable TV in the area, much less broadband.

>> I'd still tend to argue that Satellite still counts seeing as its WAAAY faster than dialup

I had a friend in the area that previously had DirectPC (modem up, satellite down)... which slowed to modem speeds during peek usage hours.

When they stopped offering that in his area he went to full satellite. It would disconnect so often during peek usage that he couldn't use it *at all*.

Maybe things have gotten better with satellite service in intervening years, but I can guarantee that the latency hasn't (it's a speed of light thing) - so it's still not a substitute for actual broadband.

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i really don't understand what is the deal of bashing IE. I understand if you are a fan and you like something. I in the other hand tried Firefox and i can't stand it maybe because everything is different and i'm not used to it or maybe is because everytime i try it i have to install something to it so it could work....

oh well i guess that why colors were invented for a reason and that is for anyone to pick and choose!

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kid007:

i really don't understand what is the deal of bashing IE. I understand if you are a fan and you like something. I in the other hand tried Firefox and i can't stand it...

I didn't bash IE, just the licensing.  It's great that you can try Firefox, legally.  Mac and Linux users could run IE under Wine, but aren't allowed to by the "free" licensing agreement.  I make the point because the average person will never think beyond "MS gave everyone that for free!".

Running IE on Mac and Linux is actually useful for testing if you're a web developer.  But, MS has artificially connected the rights to use the browser with ownership of the OS.  That's an illegal antitrus tying arrangement, which they should be well aware of by now.

I don't want MS out of business or anything, I'm just irked that they throw around words like "free" while they continue to defy the legal system some nine years on now.  They're stealing jobs from pirates.  :)

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 3vi1 I'm glad and i like your answer but I don't look at it that way. is "free" for those that have paid for the OS! I'm analogy is this they made a product and is sold! other companies want to profit out of this product and they can't and they call it antitrust? that is corporate crap that i don't like and people do not understand!

 

Microsoft have the right to do what they want with their OS and people have the right to either buy it or not! that how simple it is. think about you buy a car and that car come with an engine you either supercharged or turbocharged to put more power into it right? well no one told you to do it you wanted more and other company make a product for your car. Microsoft made the OS and the OS came with the Internet Explore that how simple it is one cannot work with the other!

I believe no one like buying computers and removing the blotware of sh1t that companies out there make for "us". I don't know if you understand my point as because I do understand yours and anyone that have an opinion but the facts are clear. One is attach to other that is how simple it is!

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So kid what your saying is basically that MS makes IE and pays for its development therefore they aren't as happy when people find "workarounds" to use IE on non-Windows based OSes because that delivers no compension for what they poured money into. (sorta?)

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ice91785:

So kid what your saying is basically that MS makes IE and pays for its development therefore they aren't as happy when people find "workarounds" to use IE on non-Windows based OSes because that delivers no compension for what they poured money into. (sorta?)

 

that is totally right! put yourself in their shoe and tell me if you would feel happy about it?

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3vi1:

>> It looks like AT&T covers that area pretty well however (Sprint and Alltell also have decent coverage)

I picked the area code I did because my parents zip code doesn't even appear on the charts. There's not even cable TV in the area, much less broadband.

>> I'd still tend to argue that Satellite still counts seeing as its WAAAY faster than dialup

I had a friend in the area that previously had DirectPC (modem up, satellite down)... which slowed to modem speeds during peek usage hours.

When they stopped offering that in his area he went to full satellite. It would disconnect so often during peek usage that he couldn't use it *at all*.

Maybe things have gotten better with satellite service in intervening years, but I can guarantee that the latency hasn't (it's a speed of light thing) - so it's still not a substitute for actual broadband.

 

Well-sir ... There is no really 100% of proving either way unless we take a road trip to every city in the U.S. and see what we can/can't get.  I suppose it may be best that we agree to disagree.

 

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not bad but i might move to safari once they finalize things

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Well, given that millions of people still use IE6, and those that are informed enough to know about this update are using a different browser anyways, this means very little.

But they did add a porn mode.

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