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Internet Explorer 8 - Experiences

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Recently, I decided to upgrade my IE7 to the new IE8. I checked Windows Update, but it wasn't available there yet so I decided just to download it from the Microsoft web site. I was really surprised on how fast the installation was (at least twice as fast compared to IE7). It all was absolutely without any problems and after the successful installation I was ready to go.

From first look, IE8's GUI is not much different compared to IE7, however, if you look closer, you will see that things have been reorganized since. First of all, now there is a favorites bar (like in Firefox), so you can organize some of your most used sites on a toolbar. That's is a very useful feature that can save a lot of time. Also, another great feature introduced are the Web Slices, that allow you to get frequently updated content (including multimedia) right in a small window that pops up when you click on the slice button. However, you cannot create web slices for every web site - you can only use them with the web sites that support the feature. Yet another great thing is the possibility to run some web sites in Compatibility View. So if your web page is not displayed correctly, try clicking on the broken page icon in the address bar to see the page in a IE6/IE7 mode. Another interesting feature is Suggested Sites. Now, whenever you visit a specific web site, you can get a list of sites that either cover similar topics or are from the same content category.

Overall, I see IE8 as a great step forward compared to IE7, with included security features like InPrivate and a more secure environment for add-ons. This is just my first glance at the new browser and I will keep commenting on the features I find useful or new.

You can download IE8 here: http://www.microsoft...6f-72d7b059a928

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ccubed Icon

25 March 2009 - 01:17 PM
Yeah, I have to agree. IE8 is pretty good. I kind of use it along with Firefox, however, I'm kind of stubborn and I really like my Firefox, however I use IE for silverlight and those few sites that have features for IE that aren't compatible for Firefox.

One thing, I don't know if you noticed, but tabs are grouped/colored by domain now. I really like that.
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Amrykid Icon

25 March 2009 - 03:43 PM
Yeah, IE8 is a big improvement to IE7, i've tryed the first beta...it seems to break compatibility with McAfee Security Center. otherwise, 10/10.
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WolfCoder Icon

01 April 2009 - 01:32 PM
Silverlight works in my FireFox just fine, and I don't use IE for security reasons. I read that Microsoft is going to allow users to turn off IE completely in Windows 7 and start being more friendly with browsers. Often someone gets infected and it was because they were using IE.

Does it make IE bad? No, that just means that because IE comes with Windows, naturally people will want to attack it terribly. Unlike Linux, FireFox can replace 100% of everything I do for internet browsing for it's job (where Linux can't replace Windows). If I were writing a worm I would abuse IE to no end. I actually owe the fact that I got infected once (and I was expecting it right there) to me not using IE (it doesn't matter what browser you use as long as it is not IE).

I hate how every time I start IE it pops open with lots of messages for every thing I even think of doing. And I see tons of toolbars I never put there that lots of programs decided I would like.
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casingh Icon

05 April 2009 - 06:01 PM

WolfCoder, on 1 Apr, 2009 - 12:32 PM, said:

Silverlight works in my FireFox just fine, and I don't use IE for security reasons. I read that Microsoft is going to allow users to turn off IE completely in Windows 7 and start being more friendly with browsers. Often someone gets infected and it was because they were using IE.

Does it make IE bad? No, that just means that because IE comes with Windows, naturally people will want to attack it terribly. Unlike Linux, FireFox can replace 100% of everything I do for internet browsing for it's job (where Linux can't replace Windows). If I were writing a worm I would abuse IE to no end. I actually owe the fact that I got infected once (and I was expecting it right there) to me not using IE (it doesn't matter what browser you use as long as it is not IE).

I hate how every time I start IE it pops open with lots of messages for every thing I even think of doing. And I see tons of toolbars I never put there that lots of programs decided I would like.



Personal I really like using firefox over anything else, but I do think that Microsoft has done a lot to improver security in IE, especially in IE 8. One feature that really makes firefox my choice, is the addons.
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WolfCoder Icon

06 April 2009 - 06:38 AM
Internet Explorer does way too many things and I can't see what- I don't like that. FireFox is different, I can compile it myself if I wanted to.
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jamesparker Icon

10 November 2009 - 11:57 PM
HI

Internet explorer did not open some other tools but fire fox is better than to internet explorer.

James Parker.
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Core Icon

11 November 2009 - 03:49 AM
What tools are you exactly talking about?
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