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My take on Internet Explorer 8

Posted on: March 10, 2008

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It is a 14.4 Mb installation file. It took 12 minutes to install on my computer including restart (Firefox takes less than 2 minutes). 

There is nothing new in Favorites bar (formerly Links bar) except bringing Favorites and add to favorites to it from the tab bar below. And you can see the location bar grays out the address in the location bar keeping just the name.


Anti-phishing capabilities are complemented with malware serving sites blocking. This is the fastest IE of all the IE’s I’ve used.


Well the three features that I liked are–

  • Activities

Activities a feature that allows users to select some text and pass it to a web service like blog with Windows Live Spaces, map with Live Maps, define with Encarta, translate with Windows Live, send with Windows Live Hotmail…and yes you can change them. I liked it very much.



  • WebSlices

Developers can mark parts of webpages as “WebSlices” and enable users to monitor information they rely on as they move about the web. With a click in the Favorites bar, users see rich “WebSlice” visuals and developers establish a valuable, persistent end-user connection. This is a really cool feature and I might say the best of IE 8



  • Automatic Crash Recovery (ACR)


Internet Explorer’s crash recover is good just the tab that hangs up is closed and recovered thanks to its architecture that runs each tab in a separate thread. According to a developer white paper, recovered pages are re-navigated and not pulled from local storage, so elements produced by user interaction are not restored. According to Microsoft, ACR can recover browser tabs to “prevent the loss of work and productivity in the unlikely event of the browser crashing or hanging.”


IE8 does pass the Acid2 test but fails miserably in Acid3.

Finally, a new developer tool should prove a helpful aid for web developers with its DOM, CSS and script inspectors and debuggers. Powerful extensions like Web Developer and Firebug provide even further support.  

Its JavaScript performance has definitely improved and completes the SunSpider test in a third of the time it took Internet Explorer 7 (12,000ms vs. 37,000ms+ in my machine) but still about 2-2.5 slower than Firefox 3. 

summery, IE8 is way better than IE7 with some really nice features but still has a long way to go before it becomes a great browser.


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