The long and winding road to catching up, well... everyone else continues.
While Windows 7 may be wooing the crowd there are still a number of PC areas where Microsoft products leave a lot to be desired – and one of the most famous is Internet Explorer…
Attempting to inch closer to the likes of Firefox, Opera and Chrome therefore is the first publicly available Release Candidate (RC1) of Internet Explorer 8 – the first time the much anticipated browser has stepped out of beta.
Much like Windows 7 is a welcome revision of Vista, IE8 is more an evolution of IE7 as opposed to the revolution IE7 promised over (the quite frankly dated and rather embarrassing) IE6. Key aspects will be more speed with IE8 promising faster load times, more responsive tabs and ‘Accelerators’: quick one touch access to webmail, news sites and online services.
On top of this ‘Visual search’ will add graphical previews to the search box as you type your query and ‘Suggested Sites’ can use your browsing history to propose new or alternative sites. Following the trend started by Chrome a (s)porn mode(/s) ‘InPrivate’ mode will also be available along with a ‘Tab Grouping’ system which recognises websites with the same visual representation and groups them together. The usual touchstones of greater stability and security are also being promoted.
Grab the IE8 release candidate from the link below if you’ve the stomach for pre-releases. It may not convert the Firefox, Opera and Chrome diehards but for those still sticking it out with IE7 it will happily show them what the rest of us have been enjoying for some considerable time…
IE 8 RC1 Download