Internet Explorer is the world's most popular Web browser. Security, ease of use, and improvements in RSS, CSS, and Ajax support are Microsoft's priorities for Internet Explorer. This version of IE runs on Windows XP.
The latest version of the browser includes support for:
- Accelerators - which allow supported web applications to be invoked without explicitly navigating to them.
- WebSlices - which allows portions of page to be subscribed to and monitored from a redesigned Favorites Bar.
- InPrivate privacy features.
- SmartScreen phishing filter.
While Beta 1 was for developers, we think that anyone who browses or works on the web will enjoy IE8 Beta 2. Before the team blogs about our Beta 2 in detail, hereâ€™s an overview of what youâ€™ll find in IE8.
We focused our work around three themes: everyday browsing (the things that real people do all the time), safety (the term most people use for what weâ€™ve called â€˜trustworthyâ€™ in previous posts), and the platform (the focus of Beta 1, how developers around the world will build the next billion web pages and the next waves of great services).
We looked very hard at how people really browse the web. We looked at a lot of data about how people browse and tried a lot of different designs in front of many kinds of people, not just technologists. As tempting as it is to list here all the changes both big and small in IE8, weâ€™ll take a more holistic approach. Thatâ€™s how we built the product and how weâ€™d like to talk about it.
From our customer research, we saw that the bulk of user activity outside of web pages involved tabs and â€œnavigationâ€ â€“ the act of getting to the site the user wants to get to. We also knew that adding features has an impact only if theyâ€™re â€œin the flowâ€ of how people actually use the product. Another menu item might matter in a checklist on a blog somewhere, but wonâ€™t matter to real people browsing. Thatâ€™s why IE8â€™s New Tab experience is so remarkable: itâ€™s obvious â€“ after you see it: