Microsoft has released Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 for Windows platform. This release contains advances in Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and layout, programming model, performance, reliability, usability and service integration.
Internet Explorer 8 can be installed on Microsoft Windows Vista SP1, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2003 SP2). Install Internet Explorer 8.
The following are some of the new features in IE8.
Activities is a contextual services to quickly access a service from any webpage. For example, user can justs elect an address and use the “look up” activity to view an in-place view of the map using his favorite map service. While reading an articlem users can select a portion of the article and uses the blog Activity to navigates to the user’s blog site with the selection already available in the edit field. Activities are services that the user can install and manage. Users can install them from the Internet Explorer 8 Service Guide or through any website that advertises Activities.
WebSlices connect websites to their users by subscribing to content directly within a webpage. Users can discover WebSlices within a webpage and add them to the Favorites bar (formerly Links). IE8 detects changes in the WebSlice, and notifies the user of updates. Users can preview these updates directly from the Favorites bar and click-through to the website to get more information.
The old Links bar has reworked and renamed to Favorites Bar. Users can put and easily access all their favorite web content such as links, feeds, WebSlices and even Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents into the Favorites bar.
Automatic Crash Recovery feature prevents the loss of work and productivity in the unlikely event of the browser crashing or hanging.
IE8 introduces the Safety Filter, an advanced Phsihing Filfer of IE7, which helps to block Phishing sites and also blocks sites known to contain malicious software that could harm users’ computer or steal their information.