I know one shouldn’t run a Beta in a production environment, but despite this old truism, I have been running Windows 7 as my main, at home OS, for several months. I’m not unusual in this; virtually all of my tech associates have been doing the same thing.
Since Internet Explorer 8 (beta), is the onboard Internet browser packaged with Win 7, I have had ample opportunity to run IE 8 and put it through its paces.
In my view, this offering from Microsoft will not close the gap with FireFox. It’s still slow, and cumbersome; Microsoft at its best. There’s just not enough here to convince me to change from FireFox 3.
Internet Explorer 7 has had its fair share of problems, so it is advisable that you update to IE 8 if you are an IE 7 user.
Quick facts: (From Microsoft)
- Accelerators – Accelerators let you map directions, translate words, email your friends, and more in just a few mouse clicks.
- InPrivate Browsing – Browse the web without saving your history with Internet Explorer 8’s InPrivate Browsing.
- 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.
- 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.
- SmartScreen Filter – New security features help to protect you against deceptive and malicious websites which can compromise your data, privacy and identity.
- Redesigned New Tab page – The New Tab page loads quickly and provided links make it easier to get started on your next browsing activity:
- Reopen closed tabs – Reopen a tab that you’ve closed in your current browsing session, which can be helpful when a tab is accidentally or prematurely closed.
- Reopen your last browsing session – Reopen all tabs that were open when Internet Explorer 8 was last closed, which can be useful if you accidentally close the browser.
- Improved Zoom – Adaptive Page Zoom improves upon traditional zoom-in/zoom-out functionality in the browser by intelligently relaying out the page content and eliminating the need to scroll left and right.
- A better back button – When using rich applications such as mapping on the Internet, you may be taken to the beginning of the application instead of the previous page when you hit the back button. Now when you hit the back button, more pages will behave the way you expect.
Download at: Microsoft