Guess what, Internet Explorer 8 will be available for download today from Microsoft’s site! Youâ€™ll be able to download Microsoftâ€™s best web browser ever, Internet Explorer 8, at 12PM Eastern time today.
Microsoft promises that IE8 â€œis one of the fastest browsers on the market todayâ€ and features new goodies like Web Slices, Instant search, and Accelerators â€“ basically right-clicking on highlighted text to bring up a list of routine tasks like mapping, e-mailing, definitions, translation, and more.
The browser has been in beta for over a year now, so itâ€™ll be interesting to see how the final product performs. What would it take for IE8 to lure you away from your current browser (e.g. Google Chrome, Firefox)
In addition to offering improved security and privacy protections, Internet Explorer 8 is one of the fastest browsers on the market today, beating other top browsers in page load time on almost 50 percent of the 25 top comScore Inc. Web sites.* It also helps people save time while using the Web with easy-to-use new features, including the following:
- Accelerators. Accelerators make it faster and easier to perform common tasks online by making Web-based services such as ESPN.com, Live Search and Sina available for use directly from the page people are viewing. Users can simply right-click a word or phrase and instantly map, e-mail, or share it.
- Web Slices. Web Slices in Internet Explorer 8 makes favorite information from sites such as Digg, Yahoo! Mail, OneRiot, and eBay instantly available wherever someone goes on the Web.
- Visual search suggestions. The Instant Search Box in Internet Explorer 8 enables rich, real-time search from sites such as The New York Times, Amazon.com and Wikipedia, as well as sites from peopleâ€™s own Favorites and History, complete with visuals and detailed information that saves time.
Microsoft writes in a Press Release:
â€œWe are excited about Internet Explorer 8 for several reasons, including its ability to provide our customers with updates to eBay products using Web Slices so they can keep track of their buying activity while surfing the web,â€ said Matt Ackley, vice president of Internet Marketing and Advertising at eBay.
â€œThe new ESPN Web Slices on Internet Explorer 8 make it easy for sports fans to check on the latest news and sports videos in a new and exciting way,â€ said Jason Guenther, vice president of technology and product development at ESPN Digital Media. â€œWe have a heritage of leveraging technology to deliver the best sports content to fans, and this is another example of our dedication to that.â€
I’ll try to have a full look at the new browser this week.