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August 27 2008

Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Released

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Hopefully this one will be much close to where Safari, Opera and Firefox 3 are in terms of complying to web standards.

I’m giving it a try in my virtual machine, looks interesting!
Download IE 8 Beta 2 now

Intitial impressions after playing with it for 20 minutes or so…

The Good:

  • Browsing seems fast
  • Uses webslices like safari (you can save a section of a page like an RSS feed).  Good to see MS copying good features from other browsers
  • Use quicktabs like Opera (Firefox needs this imo)
  • Has tab memory like Firefox
  • Has private browsing mode (aka Porn viewing mode) like Safari
  • Developer tools seem to be fully featured now, It does most of what web developer toolbar for firefox does.

The Bad

Well not much bad stuff found just yet (apart from the fact it took 5 minutes to install and the BETA killed my install of IE 7, wtf).  Feels snappy, IF the browser conforms to HTML/CSS/JS/DOM standards as much as Firefox/Safari/Opera already do, it looks like Microsoft might have caught up for browser software development.  If they have caught up with this, IE 9 could see them neck and neck with firefox.