Finally the final version of IE8 is available for download and this new version overcome the flaws in previous release of beta version of IE8 and IE7. Now IE8 is more organized, secure and ergonomic. Beta release of IE8 is unstable but the new version is stable and have many features every web surfer needs.
IE8 is compatible with Vista, xp, windows server 2003 and windows server 2008 . It is available for 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems. Download IE8 new version at Microsoft official website and install it safely.
IE8 is incorporated with 2 display engines first one meeting the standards i.e, css 2.1 and second one is the existing one. By default IE8 uses the new engine and you can shift from one engine to another with out rebooting.
- If a web page seems to be poor in compatibility issues such as overlapping of text then you can view the page in correct format by clicking on icon Display Compatibility.
- This browser also remembers the web pages and sites when clicked on Icon Display Compatibility and displays the web page in compatibility mode in future visits.
- Till now all the web pages and sites are compatible with IE7 so therefore displays all the web pages in IE compatibility mode.
A new concept called self-suggestion is introduced in IE8 but the more surprising concept in IE8s auto-suggestion is a community based “suggested-sites”.
For having these page suggestions click on Favorites Pane and then move to see the sites suggested link.
To view the page suggestion given by the browser go to Favorites pane then click on link see the sites suggested. Then you will see the page with suggested sites.
Press [alt]+[x] and right click on suggested sites, then you can browse to the suggested sites.
The greatest innovative part in this new broswer is the IE Accelerator. This is introduced to simplify the access to interactive webservices.
Here to better understand this concept, here i quote an example. you want to locate the address of a coffee bar using google maps or any thing else, you have to copy the site in google maps to locate it. But now this work becomes easy you don’t need to do such a work, you have to only select the address and click on the accelerator so that it display a tooltip with the map to locate that address.
you can access various types of web services using different accelerators. The web services may be geographical, stock information and news related to selected text or link, city whether for the selected city and not an exception for promotional offers on ebay, offers on travel etc,.
Using the Accelerator is simple and here how you can – Select the text/word/url/address any thing, there appears an accelerator icon near by and select the accelerator you want and you will see the result displayed in a bubble.
By default accelerator in IE8 provides you with some basic services that are related to windows live and you can add more accelerators from other developers.
How to add more IE8 accelerators?
The procedure is simple and go for by browsing to PAGE menu then ALL ACCELERATORS and SEARCH FOR ACCELERATORS, the page is loaded with some exisiting accelerators Blogger,Google, Yahoo etc,. Select the accelerator you are interested in and click ADD TO INTERNET EXPLORER, then click on ADD to continue using this accelerator.
Another innovative and exciting feature in IE8 is Web Slices. I will make the description simple and effective so that you can understand. Using Web Slices you can subscribe to a web slice in a webpage or website. Using this is simple, you see a webslice on a website which is freequently updating then simply point out on it and you will see a green icon which will appear on upper right of the slice.
Click on the green Icon to subscribe and add the webslice to your favorite bar so that when that slice updates then you will be notified by highlighting the webslice on the favorite bar. When you click that highleted webslice, it will display relevent content and you can go the page having the updated webslice by clicking on the preview.
Like Accelerators in IE8, webslices are platform-based approach. That means the website should be enabled with webslices by adding few lines of code. Ebay have built in web slices that enable users to monitor an auction. Microsoft is still working with partners to create more web slices available for most of the sites.
Like Mozilla firefox and Apple Safari browsers, IE8 also comes with private Navigation which is also called Private Browsing. During Private Browsing, no traces are left on the user machine so that other person browing on the same machine can’t know what you browse.
By browsing in private mode in IE8, any traces of cookies or history is not stored on user computer.
You can enable safe browsing by following these steps:
- Browse to SECURITY MENU in IE8
- Enable Browse on Private
- To conform check the INPRIVATE logo on navigation bar.
Want to Open Window Navigation, then here is the short cut [Ctrl] + [Shift] + [P].
Most of you guys will visit the previously visited sites/pages. Smart bar in IE8 allows you to find a site already visited. The job is done by searching Rss feeds,history and in favorites.
This saves a lot of time by providing entire url of the site by making use of first few letters.
Place the cursor in the address bar of your browser, type a few letters and a menu is driven providing with hits from favorites,history and rss feeds.
Access smart bar : [alt]+[d] and type couple of letters
Access search bar: [Ctrl] + [E] and first two letters of query.
Internet Explorer8 is added with two improved security features. They are listed below:
- SmartScreen Filter
- Domain Highlightning.
SmartScreen Filter is enhanced version of phising filter in IE7. The features of phising filter in IE7 are extended such as malware downloads,programs that are dangerous and blocks that download code. It will also protect from “Rogues” which pose as antivirus but they are traps by hackers. Now This browser also detects favorite techniques of infilteration of cyber criminals – cross site scripting.
The next feature incorporated into IE8 is Domain Filtering which detects phising attacks.
IE8 features an innovative design to prevent browser crashes. It do so by using two mechanisms, the first one is by isolating the tabs from each other so that if a tab crashes other tabs will not be affected.In addition to this if one of more tabs are going to crash then browser starts automatically reloading the tabs.
Another Innovative feature that prevents crash in IE8 is explained. If you thing one or more extensions in browser is causing crash, you can load the browser with out loading any extensions. This can be done in following way.
- Press [Windows] + [R] desktop.
- You will see list of process, enter iexplore.exe -extoff
- Validate by pressing OK.