Final Release of Internet Explorer 8 Now Available

Final Release of Internet Explorer 8 Now Available

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Today on Day 2 of MIX09, Internet Explorer General Manager Dean Hachamovitch during his keynote this morning in Las Vegas announced the availability of the final release of Internet Explorer 8 to download and install on their PCs.

Click here to download Internet Explorer 8!

Internet Explorer 8 is available for the following Windows releases: Windows XP SP2 and SP3, Windows Server 2003 SP2, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Vista (RTM), SP1 and SP2.

With Internet Explorer 8, common tasks on the Web are faster and easier. I’d like to take a moment and highlight how I am using Internet Explorer 8 today to quickly accomplish tasks that important to me. It all starts with my favorite Internet Explorer 8 feature – the Favorites Bar. The Favorites Bar in Internet Explorer 8 gives people quick access to information such as their top favorites and Web Slices.

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On my Favorites Bar, I have Web Slices from partners such as Digg and The New York Times and of course Live Search (see my post on Live Search Web Slices). These Web Slices give me one click access to the latest news, weather, and traffic as I browse the Web. I never have to leave a webpage I’m on to view information from these Web Slices. When a Web Slice is updated, the slice on the Favorites Bar becomes bold. You can install Web Slices from The New York Times from this blog post from their First Look Blog and the Digg Web Slice can be installed by visiting Digg.com.

The Favorites Bar isn’t just a place for people to put their favorite Web Slices. In Internet Explorer 8, you can subscribe to an RSS feed and add it to your Favorites Bar.

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With both RSS feeds and Web Slices on my Favorites Bar, I feel I am able to access important bits of information much quicker and easier.

The Favorites Bar is great at giving me information I want and keeping me up-to-date with things. But sometimes I need to quickly find something that’s not in my Favorites Bar. That’s where Internet Explorer 8’s Instant Search Box and Accelerators come in.

Internet Explorer 8’s Instant Search Box can provide Search Suggestions as you type in your search. When I search for “Windows” in Wikipedia, an Internet Explorer Search Provider, it provides me with suggestions (you’ll also note Instant Search also searches my History too).

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Internet Explorer 8’s Instant Search also provides Visual Search. For example I am looking for some Zune accessories for my Zune 80. I want a dock for my Zune 80 for my office here in Redmond. Because just like with Wikipedia, I have Amazon.com as a Search Provider in Internet Explorer 8, I can search Amazon.com for Zune accessories and actually see the products.

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Accelerators in Internet Explorer 8 can also be a huge help in finding information you need – directly off a webpage.

Yesterday evening I was invited to a little meet up in downtime Seattle at a place called Spitfire Grill. I’m not too familiar with downtown Seattle yet so I had no idea where this place was. With Accelerators in Internet Explorer 8 such as Live Search Maps, to find out where this place was real easy. All I needed to do was go to the Spitfire Grill website, select their address, click the blue Accelerator button that appears and choose “Map with Live Search” and a pop-out map appeared showing me where it was.

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There are many Accelerators available today – including a Find on eBay Accelerator or a Find on Facebook Accelerator.

Accelerators aren’t necessarily just for finding information on a webpage. They can be used for sharing information on a webpage, or simply a webpage, too. My two favorite Accelerators I use to share information are the Share on Facebook Accelerator and fellow Microsoftie Adam Kinney’s Send to FriendFeed Accelerator. Both these Accelerators let me share webpages I find interesting that I would like other folks to check out.

So in closing, Internet Explorer 8 truly lets me do common tasks on the Web easier and faster. And because of it, I feel much more efficient. You should definitely go download Internet Explorer 8 today and give it a shot.

Feel free to share with me you favorite Web Slices, Search Providers or Accelerators in comments. Dig in at the Internet Explorer 8 Add-ons Gallery after you get Internet Explorer 8 installed.

And if you’re interested in how Internet Explorer 8 stacks up from a performance standpoint, I suggest reading this blog post and watching the following video:


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  • Mr. LeBlanc, I just wanted to say, Internet Explorer8 really is faster and easier to use! Thanks for a great product!

  • That last performance video was very interesting, my favorite bit was the great soundtrack though, you should reuse it on some Windows 7 promo videos.  Maybe comparing the improved performance of Windows 7 over Vista.

    Great SoundTrack !

  • lollht
    44 Posts

    Tried it.  Got nostalgic b/c I had my first popup/redirect in years.  Seems popup blocker's off by default.  And now my Opera browser and Outlook Express have started crashing, which they never do, but I'm sure that's just coincidence.  Even if it didn't do that, whenever I use IE, I feel like I might as well just post my ss and cc #'s on the web.  Seriously, you guys had your chance and blew it.  Hell, you had the market locked and still blew it.  You can only blame yourselves for all the security issues.  When the rest of the world announces that IE and security are no longer parallel terms, I'll think about trying again.

  • Zak84
    1 Posts

    IE8 is without doubt the best browser that Microsoft has made. The only problem that i've noticed is the delay of 2-3 seconds to open a tab.

    I hope that this problem will be solved as soon as possible because it is a huge limitation for usability.

    Bye

  • zed260
    21 Posts

    geat upgrade i just dont like ie

    you cant pay me enough to go back to ie i prefer firefox

  • 7flavor
    352 Posts

    Microsoft needs to design another extensibility layer for Internet Explorer which allows writing extensions in XAML, XML and JavaScript so lots more free killer and quick extensions can be written. The current compiled/binary extensions model makes development of extensions slow and limited to predefined interfaces.

  • Tommyinoz
    46 Posts

    A definite improvement over IE7, I like some of the new features and it does seem snappier than IE7.

    Just wondering why IE does not show a green address bar for sites with an extended validation certificate unless you turn on the phishing filter?  Companies pay a lot of extra money to get the green bar but it only works if user has the filter turned on or uses a different browser.  I wonder what percentage of users turn off the filter?    

  • The "InPrivate browsing" feature in IE8 sounds interesting, if only Google wasn't spying on all our surfing habits in order to create user profiles that are being used to track our every move on the net, and push even more adverts in our general direction it would be a clear winner.

    news.bbc.co.uk/.../7937201.stm

    With Facebook a few weeks ago saying ... we own all your content.. before going quickly back to their previous terms and conditions the internet is slowly becoming a place where you need to tread carefully.  Google isn't as bad as Phorm, but it is getting there.

    Everyone has the right to privacy, so its nice to see Microsoft going slightly against the industry trend set by Google in this regard...creating a browser mode with privacy in mind.  I am not saying that Microsoft is a saint in this regard, you guys need to make money from ads as much as the next guy.  However with Google pushing it's spyware (Google Toolbar and Google Desktop) with lots of respectable programs such as Winzip, Acrobat Reader, Skype,Firefox and Irfranview privacy is pretty much a thing of the past on the net.  Its nice to have a few more options.

    Thanks for making privacy a little better easier in IE8.

  • lollht, what would Internet Explorer have to do to get out of this "base history" it has with you?

    You really sure at least try it out and see how it works and performs for you. If you still don't like it, that's fine. But you never know. We've made some very good improvements to the overall browser with IE8 and I think its worth a try. Simply not trying it out due to bad history shouldn't be the reason you not try IE8. I'd rather you turn around and say "IE8 doesn't work for me because..." having tried it out etc.

  • lollht
    44 Posts

    Sorry Brandon.  I'm sure it's cool, but too much bad history for me.  It'll be a while before IE escapes it's reputation.

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