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Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) Preview

Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) Preview - PCSTATS
Abstract: The software giant recently presented the first Internet Explorer 8 release candidate for public download, two years after Internet Explorer 7 hit the web and just in time for the upcoming Windows 7 operating system.
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External Mfg. Website: Microsoft Jan 30 2009   Julian Apong  
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Changes in function, layout and style

Internet Explorer 8 also works and looks a bit different than its predecessor. The new address bar is better at predicting text entries, and matches what you typed with suggested information and a history of previous searches and typed-in URLs. Firefox's Awesome Bar and Google Chrome's Omnibar have similar functionality. While IE8 does a great job of grouping all of its information together, Firefox and Chrome seem to better differentiate between when you want to do a search, and when you want to go directly to a URL.

It's somewhat more difficult to customize Internet Explorer 8's theme or panel layout when compared to its rivals. The default icons have been moved to make room for a new style of tabbed browsing, and certain menus can be hidden or removed with the click of a button. Microsoft makes it difficult to change the positions of individual buttons or re-skin the entire Internet Explorer interface.


The browser Tabs have received an overhaul since they were first introduced in Internet Explorer 7. Tabs that are open are now grouped and colour coded if they're all new tabs from a single parent. In other words, different 'families' of tabs are grouped together in similar colours schemes, making it easier to keep track multiple tabs spawned from say PCSTATS or Google searches.

Tabs can also be displayed in Quick Tab mode, which provides an overview of every tab on a single page.

When a brand new tab is created, Internet Explorer 8 displays a custom generated page that lists recently closed tabs, options to change the browsing mode, and quick links to installed Accelerators or add-ons.

It's really nice to see how well Internet Explorer 8 has embraced tabbed browsing, especially in the light of comments just a few years ago when Microsoft claimed that users 'didn't want tabs'.

IE8's native tabbing abilities surpass that of the rival Firefox and Opera browsers, although similar functionality can be added to the latter browsers via extensions.

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Contents of Article: Microsoft Internet Explorer 8
 Pg 1.  Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) Preview
 Pg 2.  IE8 New Features - Accelerators
 Pg 3.  IE8 New Features - Enhanced Security
 Pg 4.  — Changes in function, layout and style
 Pg 5.  Code Compatibility and Compliance

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