The second beta of Microsoft’s upcoming Internet Explorer 8 web browser, released by Microsoft has come up with a number of new features over the first beta that was launched in March earlier this year. It is faster, easier, and safer than ever. They are planning to deliver full CSS 2.1 support in the final IE8 product. Dean Hachamovitch hints us that the next Beta build of IE8 is planned for the summer of this year.
In early June, Bill Gates, Microsoft Chairman promised that the IE8 Beta 2 would be posted before the end of August, and they have kept up their promise and launched the new beta within the time allotted. Unfortunately the ship date for the final version has still not been provided by them. The company addresses 50 new features that include more than a few exclusive to Internet Explorer Only and aim the new Beta 2 Version of Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 at general audience rather that just web developers. The general audience including the IT staff evaluates what works and what breaks in the latest browser from the software giant.
A raft of new security, reliability, and management features are been brought by IE8. The “Loosely Coupled IE” feature of IE8 enables to enhance and speed up the browser by separating each tab into its own process.
The smart address bar is the great new feature worth mentioning. The other important features include Accelerators, InPrivate Browsing, WebSlices, Search Suggestions, Smart Screen Filter, Compatibility View, Automatic crash recovery, Enhanced delete browsing history, Cross Site Scripting (XSS) Filter, Domain Highlighting and Data Execution Detection (DEP). All these will definitely help us to make browsing very easy.
Accelerators: They let you complete your everyday browsing activities quicker and even discover new services. With just a few mouse clicks you can start mapping, translating, emailing, and much more.
InPrivate Browsing: InPrivate browsers are browsers with separate windows which are spawned by the main IE8 process. A private and a non-private browser window can be run simultaneously.
Web Slices: You need to keep up with changes to sites that you care most about. Incase you add a Web Slice then 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: You can search smarter with detailed suggestions from your favorite search providers and browsing history. Visual previews can be seen and suggested content topics can be obtained while you type in the enhanced Instant Search Box.
SmartScreen Filter: These are new security features which help to protect you against deceptive and malicious websites which can compromise your data, privacy, and identity.
Compatibility View: Internet Explorer 8’s built-in Compatibility View button enables you to display websites that were designed for older browsers. If you see display problems such as: misaligned text, images, or text boxes, press the Compatibility View button. It’s located next to the Refresh button on the Address Bar.
Automatic crash recovery: If a Tab is crashed because of a plug-in only that particular tab is affected. So you can happily browse the other tabs.
Stay safer online: Internet Explorer can help you protect against you from Malware and Phishing.
Cross Site Scripting (XSS) Filter: Cross Site Scripting attacks are very common these days. They are mainly targeted at web servers and web applications. Internet Explorer 8 has got the capability of detecting all these malicious attacks. These exploits can lead to Cookie Stealing, Information disclosure and others.
Domain Highlighting: Domain Highlighting will help you to easily identify the domain you are looking at. The Domain is highlighted in black and the rest of the URL is displayed in Grey. This will help you to easily identify the Phishing sites.
Data Execution Detection (DEP): Data Execution Prevention prevents your computer from virus and other malicious attacks. This setting is ON by default in Internet Explorer 8 in Windows Vista Service Pack 1.
Though I haven’t yet used IE8 I have read a lot about it. I’ll try to download it very soon and update this post with my personal experience. If you had got a chance of using it then please post your experiences.
You can Download IE8 Here.