by Jeff Greene /
Today Microsoft released Internet Explorer 8 in 25 languages.
IE 8 helps make what people do on the web every day a faster, easier, and safer experience. The free download is available from http://www.microsoft.com/ie8 for PC systems running Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server.
Some of my favorite new features:
Now you can get more tasks done more quickly on the web. Accelerators provide instant access to information like maps, web searches, translations, email, blogging, and more. Simply highlight a word or phrase on a page and discover a faster way to get the information you need. Accelerators let you map directions, translate words, email your friends, and more in just a few mouse clicks. Learn more.
Web Slices lets you subscribe to specific content within a page and monitor news, auction items, sports scores, entertainment columns, weather reports, and more. Add a Web Slice to your Favorites bar and the information you care about will automatically be delivered to you. Keep up with changes to the sites you care about most by adding a Web Slice and you won’t have to go back to the same website again and again for updates. Learn more.
Have you ever forgotten the complete title of a book you were hoping to find or the first name of the actor in a movie? The new search capabilities in Internet Explorer 8 will offer relevant suggestions as you type the words into the search box to help save time.
Click on a suggestion at any time to immediately execute the search without having to type the entire word or phrase. 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.
Because people often use search to get back to sites that they’ve visited before, Internet Explorer 8 includes matches from your History in the bottom part of the Search Box drop-down.
An integrated "Find On Page" button also has been added to the instant search box, enabling you to search for text on the current webpage. Also, you can change the width of the Instant Search Box by dragging its left edge, making it easier to see long search strings as they are typed. Learn more.
Additional details announced on the Internet Explorer 8 website
The core activity in the browser is navigating to a website. IE8 makes that faster and easier with its new address bar, new tab experience, favorites bar, and history in search box. IE8 is faster than IE7, and favorable to today’s other browsers on today’s common sites. Script benchmarks measure script; overall browser performance involves many different factors. Looking at a slow motion video of today’s common web sites in the latest browsers, IE is often the fastest at real world sites. Unlike some other browsers, IE isolates misbehaving sites so that only that tab, not the entire browser, crashes.
With IE8, people can get what they want out of web pages, often with just one-click, in the flow of their regular browsing. Web slices make it easy to stay up to date on the latest information from a web page (like weather, traffic, or status updates). Accelerators make it easy to act on the current page (mapping, sending, sharing, etc.) using another web service without the tedious work of “copy, new tab, navigate, paste.” Visual search results and Quick Pick make it easy to get the search results users want from the search services users choose. Users are in control of how they use services with these their with these secure, reliable, and consistent extensions.
IE8 has built-in protections to keep users safe from real threats. These defenses are easy to understand and use, from highlighting the current site’s domain in the address bar to the clear indicator when IE is browsing “InPrivate.” IE provides protection from today’s dangers, like malicious software downloads, as well as tomorrow’s, like cross-site scripting attacks. IE is the only browser that, out of the box, enables sites to protect their customers from click jacking attacks.
IE8 shows Microsoft’s commitment to an open and interoperable web. IE8 by default shows web pages in its most standards compliant mode. With IE8, we’re delivering the most complete and correct implementation of CSS 2.1 available in any browser. To improve interoperability not just for IE but for all browsers, we’ve contributed over 7,000 test cases to the W3C (and taken feedback along the way). This will make it easier for the people who build the web to develop with standards. We’ve started delivering on HTML5. We’ve also made the specifications for web slices, accelerators, and visual search available to the community (under the appropriate open licenses) for a more open, interoperable, and rich web. IE creates great opportunities for developers and sites to integrate themselves into their users workflow and make their experience stand out.