Internet Explorer 8 beta 2 presentation
Faster, safer, more effective? Although we do not return to the time of the campaign launch of Windows Vista is the promise made by engineers in charge of developing the next version of Internet Explorer, IE 8, the second beta version has just been made public. It is presented as "features complete, which means it incorporates almost all the features definitive, and that the publisher will now optimizing its software pending the release of the final version, which should in theory take place before the end of the year.
Firstly, it is undoubtedly the address bar noted that the Internet: it gets its own search tool that allows, when entering a keyword or a Web address, see sites corresponding to the terms entered displayed in the form of suggestions. These are identified according to their provenance: browsing history, bookmarks, and even files stored locally, on the hard drive, the user can delete the choices he thinks he does not agree. Difficult, of course, not to think of Firefox 3.0 and its "awesome bar" ...
Other novelty, "Web Slices" (slices of Web), dynamic kinds of shortcuts to monitor an eBay auction or a weather report online in the form of a button taking place in the taskbar. In overview, this button will display the latest information obtained, the frequency of refreshment may be determined by the user. It therefore becomes possible to follow a service without visiting the page in question, the way an RSS feed. The window that opens the overview is likely to display text, images, but also videos or Flash content Silverlight. For Web developers, integration of this feature would be very simply, using XML.
In this beta 2, the user also noted the emergence of a context menu when they select the text in IE 8, composed of what Microsoft calls "accelerator". This menu offers a series of research or direct links to various Web services: search engine, mapping service, online encyclopedia or online translation, which exercised directly on the term highlighted. The selection of the address of a given place will see, for example where it is located on a map in one click. By default, the Microsoft services are put forward, but the publisher ensures that all will be able to create interaction with their own sites. The user has for its part can determine what "accelerators" he would like to see appear in this context menu.
In terms of interface always be noted at last improving the helm of research, which now returns suggestions embellished images or contextual information, and putting forward different options at the opening of a new tab, or coloration of these tabs on the basis of their parentage during navigation. "As far as the interface and features, our main objective was to shorten the time access to information, both in number of shares that user in the way we think of navigation", summarizes Ryan Servatius, head product within the entity Business Strategy Internet Explorer from Microsoft.
As for performance
The new browser also introduces a new management crashes: now, only the tab or runs a code that could crash IE 8 will be closed, and eventually restored, so that the user does not have to interrupt its navigation. Each tab is managed as an independent process. What fear unbridled consumption memory? Not according to Microsoft.
A new anti-phishing filter (or anti-phishing) is also the party. This always works on a blacklist, in which the Web address typed by the user is compared to a database listing addresses fraud. The address bar shows otherwise black area of the site that we visit, while the rest of the parameters of the URL are only grey, so as to encourage the user to verify the legitimacy of the name domain in question. Microsoft launches second with IE 8 a module for detecting and defusing type attacks XSS, or Cross Site Scripting.
Let this overview with themes dear lovers standard, as well as Web developers. IE 8 supports CSS 2.1, but did manage unlikely elements of HTML 5. For this new version, which is more respectful of standards, Microsoft has introduced a button in the address bar, to switch the renderer to that of IE 7 - a method called "compatibility" - in the case where a page does not properly displayed.
IE 8 beta 2 can already be downloaded in English, German, Chinese and Japanese, via the official website.
I just tried Beta2 of IE8 and I had a strange problem, my Audigy sound card has been recognized after the update. Unable to restore the drivers, I can restore the system to find my sound card. It must also be noted if IE8 is compatible with maxthon2, I used it and I am afraid it is not appropriate for the new engine.
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