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  Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 Released (Updated)
Time: 14:14 EST/19:14 GMT | News Source: Neowin | Posted By: Byron Hinson

Microsoft has put in place the preparations for Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 ready for Mix 08.
A full features page has been revealed which lists the following additions to Internet Explorer:

  • Activities
  • WebSlices
  • Favorites Bar
  • Automatic Crash Recovery
  • Improved Phishing Filter
Activities allow users to lookup/send information in a right-click contextual menu, such as retrieving an address map from Windows Live Maps, submitting a story to Digg, sharing a page on Facebook etc. WebSlices allows users to crop a specific area section of a site and bookmark it. Improvements have been made to the phishing filter which continues to block known Phishing sites and now blocks sites known to contain malicious software that could harm users’ computer or steal their information.

Perhaps one of the best new features is Automatic Crash Recovery which recovers your tabs if your browser crashes. It is widely expected that Microsoft will release the first beta of Internet Explorer 8 at this years Mix 08 which begins today.

View: Internet Explorer 8 New Features
View: Internet Explorer 8 Download Page

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#1 By TechLarry (4034 Posts) at 3/5/2008 7:43:57 AM
Links are all dead.

TL

#2 By RedAvenger (1161 Posts) at 3/5/2008 8:24:33 AM
Works for me...

And Saweeeet! IE8 is looking good!

#3 By DL (101 Posts) at 3/5/2008 9:19:04 AM
Dead for me also.

I'm still running IE6, never installed IE7. Can I safely install IE8 beta 1 and uninstall if I want then use IE6 again? I think I remember in the early days of IE7 it was not possible to go back. Or I think I'm confused with WMP11.

#4 By donpacman (749 Posts) at 3/5/2008 10:29:53 AM
Looks like the download has been removed by Microsoft.

#5 By belto (214 Posts) at 3/5/2008 10:41:25 AM
links are dead.

UPDATE:

Go to the page on the original link, then select Download Center. Then do a search for "IE8". Well then you got the link to download.

This post was edited by belto on Wednesday, March 05, 2008 at 12:59.

#6 By Fritzly (1341 Posts) at 3/5/2008 10:54:36 AM
Links work here; nothing to download though. (-:

#7 By scorp508 (35 Posts) at 3/5/2008 11:04:37 AM
I would like one of the built-in activities to be "Copy IMG location URL".

#8 By donpacman (749 Posts) at 3/5/2008 11:14:58 AM
Doesn't IE7Pro add-on have most the IE8 extra features?

#9 By nasserd (26 Posts) at 3/5/2008 12:51:55 PM
ie8b1 for vista _just_ posted

#10 By arossetti (89 Posts) at 3/5/2008 1:02:52 PM
It's up for XP SP2 as well.

#11 By TechLarry (4034 Posts) at 3/5/2008 3:53:33 PM
I'm not seeing THAT much of a difference.

Toolbars are still locked down, for one. I wanted to see that fixed.

-Larry

#12 By bobsireno (1748 Posts) at 3/5/2008 4:05:19 PM
TL: There is one difference, the Emulate IE7 button. Seems odd, but potentially useful.

#13 By Fritzly (1341 Posts) at 3/5/2008 4:40:46 PM
I installed it on a Vista "Ultimate" 64 box; besides some issue in rendering web pages which was expected, two of the gadgets in the sidebar, specifically "Feed Headlines" and "Stocks", are now in purple color. Not a big deal, it is Beta 1.

This post was edited by Fritzly on Wednesday, March 05, 2008 at 16:41.

#14 By NotParkerToo (705 Posts) at 3/5/2008 4:43:34 PM
Latch: IE8 sucks. Bring back IE7. It was perfect!

#15 By paesan (2 Posts) at 3/5/2008 5:45:01 PM
"Latch: IE8 sucks. Bring back IE7. It was perfect! "
NotParkerToo- In case you have not noticed but this is a beta 1 of IE8. At least give it a chance

#16 By MysticSentinel (563 Posts) at 3/5/2008 6:39:59 PM
Latch: IE8 has improved standards compliance, and renders in compliance mode by default! Way to go Microsoft! Good Job!
NotParkerToo: Latch is an asshat. Latch is wrong about everything and hates everything. Latch thinks Microsoft made good improvements in IE8. Therefore IE8 must suck. Bring back IE6!

#17 By tritium (43 Posts) at 3/5/2008 11:55:33 PM
Pretty cool beans.

Find any address on any web page and then select one of the activities. This is really nice and I think that MS has something really good going on here. Shoot, highlight anything and select an activity. Try sending as an email, for example.

I checked out the activities and slices videos and then the developer's tools clips. IE 8 is going to make the web a lot more fun to use and code for. Just my 2 cents.

#18 By mooresa56 (2866 Posts) at 3/6/2008 1:26:13 AM
the hilighting of the domain.com in the address bar is crazy simple but really is nice.

#19 By rxcall (1411 Posts) at 3/6/2008 9:37:19 AM
Urgent!!!!

Webslice needed for Activewin - it should show all threads and comments (sans Latch).

#20 By Latch (3610 Posts) at 3/6/2008 10:29:36 AM
#19: If you were using FF, you could program the GreaseMonkey extension to remove anything from me. But what would be the point? You'd miss all of my various witty remarks.

IE8 looks nice enough. My company's site renders fine in it. My only concerns wit IE these days are the same old, same old -- how long before some ActiveX glitch gives up the keys to the kingdom (again), and the rate at which MS fixes exposed flaws.

#21 By rxcall (1411 Posts) at 3/6/2008 10:41:56 AM
Urgent!!!!

Need Webslice to alert me of Latch's "witty remarks"

#22 By NotParkerToo (705 Posts) at 3/6/2008 12:43:26 PM
#21 That would be the blankest page on the web.

This post was edited by NotParkerToo on Thursday, March 06, 2008 at 12:43.

#23 By RMD (1866 Posts) at 3/6/2008 3:43:38 PM
#20 - Latch- "My only concerns wit IE these days are the same old, same old -- how long before some ActiveX glitch gives up the keys to the kingdom (again), and the rate at which MS fixes exposed flaws."

Except that if you were running IE on Vista, you would be far safer than ANY other browser on the market. There hasn't been a SINGLE exploit for IE7 that has been able to get by protected mode.

Not one. Zip. Zero.

Do you care to count the number of serious exploits for your favorite browser? Firefox? Safari? Opera?

So there ya go... if you really care about security, you would run IE7 on Vista.

I've written about this extensively here:

http://www.robertdowney.com/2007/12/safest-way-to-browse-web-firefox-vs.html
http://www.robertdowney.com/2006/10/how-ie7-on-vista-will-make-firefox.html

#24 By Latch (3610 Posts) at 3/6/2008 3:57:38 PM
#22: If I set GreaseMonkey to ignore all posts with 'This post was edited by...' then I'd never see another post from you again.

#23: I don't run Vista and doubt I ever will, so I will stick with FF, AdBlock and NoScript. I've never had a problem with it. IE7/8 might be the absolute best browser in the world, with the best security ever, but I'd still stay away from the years of crap we had to put up with from MS.


#25 By RMD (1866 Posts) at 3/6/2008 4:07:14 PM
#24 - Your sentence didn't even make sense. You said your only concern with using IE was security. I replied with facts that show that IE is *more* secure than other browsers. Your reply to that was... well... M$ Suxors!

As far as Vista is concerned, I can see you've chosen to go with the FUD over the facts. Perhaps these blog posts may clear your mind of the baloney:

http://www.robertdowney.com/2007/01/fuding-of-windows-vista.html
http://www.robertdowney.com/2007/01/fuding-of-windows-vista-part-2.html
http://www.robertdowney.com/2007/02/fuding-of-windows-vista-part-3.html

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