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27. ianuarie 2009 09:16
by skorpionking
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.NET: Internet Explorer 8 Release Candidate 1 is out

27. ianuarie 2009 09:16 by skorpionking | 0 Comentarii

Good news, Microsoft released the IE 8 RC 1 today! Install it and experience the web in a new way!  IE8 is: 

  • Faster for accomplishing tasks, from mapping a location to checking the status of an auction.  In side-by-side measures of speed, IE8 was as fast or faster than Firefox in opening top websites more than 50% of the time.  The rest of the time you need an ultra-slow motion video camera to catch the difference between IE8, Firefox and Google Chrome. 
  • Easier to find information, to navigate, to search, to work with tabs.  Accelerators and Web Slices blur the lines between the online services that make each person's browsing unique and the browser itself, making the IE8 experience richer.
  • Safer and more reliable with advanced privacy protection that no other browser can match.

You may want to know what a “release candidate” is:  that’s techno-speak for an almost-final version of software, like a sneak preview.

Internet Explorer 8 RC1 is much faster than previous versions of Internet Explorer, so you’ll notice that difference right away.  But you’ll also notice some cool new features that will make your surfing experience faster and easier—not mention a whole lot safer.

  • Highlight a street address in your Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, or other web mail account, right-click on the blue button that appears, and hover over “Map with Live Search.”  Presto!  You’ll see the map with the location right there—no more copying and pasting street addresses from web mail to a mapping site.  Plus, you can choose what mapping service you want to use.
  • Go to the search box in the top right, and type a search item—see how the enhanced Instant Search Box is more helpful, providing real-time search suggestions, including images, from your chosen search provider.
  • Click on a new tab, and see the options that are presented there, including “InPrivate Browsing.”  Click InPrivate Browsing and watch what happens—you are now in a browser session that is leaving no trail behind, so research gift suggestions for your significant other to your heart’s content without worrying about who might pick up the crumbs after you. 

Harder to see are the many security enhancements that will help keep you protected against the ever-evolving online threats—things like protection from cross-site scripting attacks that no other browser offers.

I think you should install it and use it today.

I'm already running Internet Explorer 8 Release Candidate 1!