Internet Explorer 8 Beta now available

From here…

New features of note

Activities: Select an address on a page is and you could click on a “get directions to here” menu option (look up type action) or you could “send” data elsewhere (blog this, show on my facebook, etv) – some pre-created activites are available here

WebSlices: Not sure how to describe this…RSS allows you subscribe to site updates as a whole. My understanding of webslices is that you subscribe to “slices of the web page” for updates. If you wanted to track a friends facebook status, an ebay item, etc. You would subscribe to it as a webslice and get a more detailed connection over just an RSS subscription as a lot of this is setup by the web designer (someone please correct me if i’ve got this wrong!) More info here

 E-bay have great examples of these two features

Domain Highlighting: A new security feature. Many malicious sites have stupidly complex urls that make it difficult to figure out what the actual domain is. This features makes the top level domain stand out from the rest of the address

I’ll install this later on in the week as i only put beta stuff on “non-production machines” (my home computer!) and report back with my experiences

I’m glad that IE8 is on the way. I’ve been pretty happy with IE7 but the gap between IE6 and IE7 was too long. Firefox helped on that front and it’s only good for us!

UPDATE: About two seconds after i pressed the publish button and these links appeared on the Microsoft Download site

Windows Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

Windows Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 for Windows XP

Windows Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 for Windows Server 2003 SP2

Windows Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 for Windows Server 2003 SP2 64-bit Edition or Windows XP Professional 64-bit Edition

Report a Webpage Problem Internet Explorer 8.0 Beta Add-On

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Andy Parkes is Technical Director at Coventry based IT support company IBIT Solutions. Formerly, coordinator of AMITPRO and Microsoft Partner Area Lead for 2012-2013. He also isn't a fan of describing himself in the third person.

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