Internet Explorer 8 Beta

New features:

  • Activities
    Activities are contextual services to quickly access a service from any webpage. Users typically copy and paste from one webpage to another. Internet Explorer 8 Activities make this common pattern easier to do.
  • WebSlices
    WebSlices is a new feature for websites to connect to their users by subscribing to content directly within a webpage.
  • Favorites Bar
    In Internet Explorer 7, the Links bar provided users with one-click access to their favorite sites. The Links bar has undergone a complete makeover for Internet Explorer 8. It has been renamed the Favorites bar to enable users to associate this bar as a place to put and easily access all their favorite web content such as links, feeds, WebSlices and even Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents.
  • Automatic Crash Recovery
    Automatic Crash Recovery (ACR) is a feature of Windows®Internet Explorer® 8 that can help to prevent the loss of work and productivity in the unlikely event of the browser crashing or hanging.
  • Improved Phishing Filter
    The Safety Filter continues to block known Phishing sites and now blocks sites known to contain malicious software that could harm users’ computer or steal their information. Beyond this improved protection, the Safety Filter operates more quickly than ever before to ensure that users can browse both safely and quickly.
    For IT administrators, new Group Policy options are available to remove the user-override option and fully block access to known unsafe sites.

Limitations:

  • Windows Live Hotmail and Spaces Activities do not work
  • Activities for selection do not appear in the shortcut menu
  • "Print Shipping Label" button on paypal.com may not work
  • Printing falls back to Internet Explorer 7 Standards mode
  • WebSlice errors that occur with cookie authentication in Windows Vista
  • Named anchor does not work in Standards mode links
  • Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 is not yet compatible with the following programs:
    •DriveLetterAccess
    •Skype
    •Google Toolbar
    •Google Toolbar 5 (BETA)
    •Yahoo Toolbar (Toolbar options dialog box might not be displayed correctly.)
    •HP Smart Web Printing v3.5 (No toolbar button for HP Smart Web Printing is displayed.)
    •Real Player 11
    •Quicktime Player (Volume controls might not work correctly.)

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