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03-20-2009, 09:03 AM

Microsoft Announces Availability of Internet Explorer 8

REDMOND, Wash. — March 18, 2009 — Today Microsoft Corp. announced the availability of Windows Internet Explorer 8, the new Web browser that offers the best solution for how people use the Web today. It can be downloaded in 25 languages at http://www.microsoft.com/ie8 (http://www.microsoft.com/ie8) starting at noon EDT on March 19. Internet Explorer 8 is easier to use, faster and offers leading-edge security features in direct response to people’s increasing concerns about online safety. A new study commissioned by Microsoft and the National Cyber Security Alliance and conducted by Harris Interactive Inc. shows that 91 percent of adults in the U.S. are concerned about online threats in the current economic climate, and 78 percent are more likely to choose a Web browser with built-in security than they were two years ago.
“Customers have made clear what they want in a Web browser — safety, speed and greater ease of use,” said Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft. “With Internet Explorer 8, we are delivering a browser that gets people to the information they need, fast, and provides protection that no other browser can match.”
In response to extensive customer research and input from tens of millions of customer sessions, Microsoft developed Internet Explorer 8 to focus on what matters most to people. The security enhancements offer protection against existing and emerging security threats online. It blocks two to four times more malware attacks than other browsers; cuts down on the time it takes to complete common tasks on the Web such as searching, mapping and sharing, including navigating 15 of the 20 top worldwide sites; and blurs the lines between the services they use daily and the browser used to access the Internet.
Helps Protect People From Online Threats
The new study released today reinforces the importance of safety in browsing, indicating that 78 percent of people are more likely than they were two years ago to choose a browser that includes built-in protection against security threats without them having to go online to download additional programs or browser add-ons. It also showed that 91 percent of adults in the U.S. are concerned about online fraud and identity theft in today’s economic climate, and 37 percent are less likely to shop online because they would have to give their personal information.
Internet Explorer 8 offers the best security protections among leading browsers: a study released today by NSS Labs indicates that Internet Explorer 8 blocks two to four times as many malicious sites as other browsers on the market today.
Makes Common Online Tasks Faster and Easier
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 people’s own Favorites and History, complete with visuals and detailed information that saves time.

“We 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,” said Matt Ackley, vice president of Internet Marketing and Advertising at eBay.
“The 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,” said Jason Guenther, vice president of technology and product development at ESPN Digital Media. “We have a heritage of leveraging technology to deliver the best sports content to fans, and this is another example of our dedication to that.”
Available for Download
Internet Explorer 8 will be available for download at noon EDT in 25 languages, including Arabic, Chinese (Traditional, Simplified and Hong Kong), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese (Brazil and Portugal), Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish. More information and a download of Internet Explorer 8 (as of noon EDT on March 19) can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/ie8 (http://www.microsoft.com/ie8).

03-20-2009, 01:03 PM
Ive been using IE8 for a while now, i managed to download the BETA version of this a few months back and to be honest its not that great in my views, IE doesnt need to get any easier or better, all you do is type in web addresses and surf, maybe save a few sites to favourites, and print maybe.

So guys its really nothing to get excited about, just so you dont have high expectations.

Mozilla Firefox / Safari All The Way I Say!

IE just complicates things now, why fix what aint broke? Try Telling MS that!

05-14-2009, 05:53 AM
yeah! I though that IE8 was better then IE7, but it turns out that in some websites it takes forever to load and in other websites I can't click some buttons on the web.

05-14-2009, 06:27 AM
Very true!

Although 'Google Chrome' seems to be winning me over at the moment, as it provides a very simple 'cut out the cr*p' interface that is very similar to safari!

Worth trying if your willing!

Michael Carter
05-14-2009, 08:42 AM
In XP it opens multiple instances of iexplorer.exe. Two for every tab that's open. It's a resource hog if using XP. It will eventually slow to a crawl and the tab (browser) windows stop responding and crash.

I thought I was going to like it, but after using it for three weeks I removed it.

It has some very worthwhile features, but it's not worth it for the resources it uses. At least in XP. I haven't heard of these issues in Vista or Win7.

05-14-2009, 08:47 AM
Hey guys, I do urge everyone to download google chrome, it just seems to be so quick, I have never experienced speeds like it. Being a die hard lover of mozilla firefox and safari for a long time, I'm really shocked by just how quick google chrome is, you wont regret it!

05-15-2009, 06:01 AM
Oh! the chome. I am using it right now, it's quite fast.

Matt Olieman
05-15-2009, 06:37 AM
I'm a Chrome user in Win XP Pro, but must have to warn you, it's not necessarily compatible with everything on this or other sites.

Some things don't work or show up on the thread or PM editors. I can't recall some of the other quirks.

Although the mentioned irritations, I always use Chrome.

Matt Olieman

05-15-2009, 10:37 AM
I quite agree with you Matt. It's a good application with lots of room for further development. But it's a good start and very simple which I like.

05-15-2009, 11:23 PM
I'm a Chrome user in Win XP Pro, but must have to warn you, it's not necessarily compatible with everything on this or other sites.

Some things don't work or show up on the thread or PM editors. I can't recall some of the other quirks.

Although the mentioned irritations, I always use Chrome.

Matt Olieman

I don't think the chome is that bad.... Hummmmm.....

10-07-2009, 05:31 AM
Google Chrome Is The Way To Go!



Easy To Use.....

Microsoft just complicates things and they have tried to fix what wasnt broke resulting in a very slow, over featured explorer!

Matt Olieman
10-07-2009, 06:01 AM
Yeah Alex, I seem to be stuck with Google Chrome too. I love it, although some quirks, but I put up with them. It's fast and simple to use. :)

Matt Olieman

10-07-2009, 06:03 AM
It's fast and simple to use.

100% Agreed!

If the boss uses it, it cant be bad!

10-07-2009, 06:14 AM
I would use Chrome, but ...
There is no compatible version of Google toolbar
for Chrome :roll:
Need the bar as all my bookmarks there for the past 5 years.

10-07-2009, 01:42 PM
For Chrome, just use "import bookmarks & settings". For searching in Chrome, just type in the address bar and you will get the Google search results.

06-17-2010, 07:11 AM
Chrome runs at lightning speeds on my dual core!

Cant fault it at all, although there are the odd hitches every now and again!

06-17-2010, 09:39 AM
Alex and Matt, like you guys, I'm stuck on Chrome. Never thought it would be possible as I loved Firefox. Chrome is great. I hope some of the plugins from Firefox get ported/made for Chrome though. Specifically things like "downthemall!" I haven't found a Chrome plugin with the same ease of use yet.

I haven't used IE for hardly anything in a while... not that it is bad... it's just loads so much bloat that it becomes unusable.

06-17-2010, 09:49 AM
I agree with you there fsaviator.

Some more plugins would work a treat, another flawless Internet program I use is called Safari and I have that on my MacBook which I use for studying. Safari on the Mac go like cheese on toast (grilled cheese lol)...and that's blimmin well and tasty!

You can get a windows version of Safari which is just as simple as chrome, and easy to ues.

I think that MS IE is for those people that have no interest in thinking outside the box because there are much better programs out there like Chrome. At first I though that Mozilla was the best IE ever, then Chrome come and I havent looked back, although my partner is a die hard Mozilla Fan so I have Mozilla and Chrome on my Pc and Safari on the MacBook.


Sean Nixon
06-17-2010, 10:07 AM
Howay lads. It's pretty hard to get excited about a program designed to browse the internet. I've tried all of IE's alternatives, and I'm back with IE. But at the end of the day, they are all much of a muchness.

And while it's nice to see new features coming out, how many of them are actually used?

09-18-2010, 06:24 AM
IE9 is out in Beta currently so it perhaps will change things again. My IE8 has been working rather sluggishly as of late. Compared to the many other browsers out there. So I'm hoping the IE9 has a bit of speed boost.

06-06-2011, 01:41 PM
After looking at the post for today, I would guess that 5 out of 7 of the above are Bogus Members or my new term BM's...you get what that means, because these members spread bull&$!?. Anyway, Sean & Ronson are the real ones, the others need to be checked and/or removed.

It seems the slugs are trying to make a comeback!


06-08-2011, 04:17 PM
Anyway, Sean & Ronson are the real ones, the others need to be checked and/or removed.

It seems the slugs are trying to make a comeback!


Are you suggesting that Matt & Alex Jay are to be checked???

I removed the BM's.


06-08-2011, 08:08 PM
JWS, no not those guys...lol. Sorry, didn't look at page 1, just page 2. thank you for removing the BM's. That sounds so funny, but good term to use.