First Look Internet Explorer 8 (IE 8)

Finally after all the secrecy dating back to October of 2006 about IE 8 we FINALLY get to see it.

As was the case with IE 7 be VERY careful if you’re trying this out at home/work as by default IE 8 replaces your IE 7 installation.


With IE 8 Microsoft has also been somewhat more explicit than they were with IE 7 in terms of setup options.

They also have some interesting setup options for something that they call ‘Activity Providers’ . Things like blog services, maps and translation services among numerous others.


All told it’s ALLOT of new stuff in IE 8. And it’s all stuff that we’ve never heard about before.

Things like
WebSlices  which according to Microsoft’s description, “is a new feature for websites to connect to their users by
subscribing to content directly within a webpage. WebSlices behave
just like feeds where clients can subscribe to get updates and
notify the user of changes.”

They’ve also defaulted to a more standards compliant mode by default for IE 8. While standards sound nice, the brutal reality is that in a quick look through with IE 8 I found that many sites just don’t look right. Sure there is an IE 7 mode to look at sites, but I suspect the standards compliance issue will be the biggest hurdle facing both Microsoft and its users with this first release of IE 8

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