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
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