Microsoft Released Internet Explorer 8

ie8_logo Microsoft just launched Internet Explorer 8. You can get it in 25 languages from the download site.  The browser was in Beta release for the last one year. So, it is interesting to see how the final product works. You will be able to see some significant improvements in RSS, Cascade Style Sheet. Also, it includes Ajax support. As a developer , you can find tools with the browser for HTML, CSS and Javascript debugging directly from the browser. If the browser crashes, you can recover web pages when the browser is restarted. Microsoft also claims that the the browser improves rendering with the new version.

The interesting new features of IE 8 are:

  • Accelerators: It eliminates the need to copy and paste content between Web Pages. You can access to accelerator service by selecting text or object from blog or map for example and invoke the selected object.
  • Web Slice: You can get favorite information right away from sites like Digg, Yahoo Mail, eBay etc when you go to web.
  • Visual Search:  This feature includes an image and text. You will be able to visualize what you are searching for.
  • Search Query Synchronization: It keeps your search box up to date with the recent query. You can also edit and redirect the search quickly.

“Customers have made clear what they want in a Web browser — safety, speed and greater ease of use,” said Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft. “With Internet Explorer 8, we are delivering a browser that gets people to the information they need, fast, and provides protection that no other browser can match.”

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