IE8 beta 2: shit that’s good!

IE8

Downloaded it
Installed it
Love it!

www.microsoft.com/ie8

Unlike beta 1, I am gladly surprised by this version!
IE8 really improve the way you browse the web.

The IE team seems to have listened to users more than usual, did a strong research on how people browse the web, and as a result worked a lot on user experience.

First we have a wonderful new tab experience. I am a really heavy tab user, usually after 5 minutes of surfing I have more than 25 tabs opened and my browser start to freeze (I have IE taking 400 MB of memory more than often).

  • Related tabs are grouped by color, that means all the tabs opened from links on one tab are identified with the same color.
  • Tabs are more isolated from each other so crashes won’t stop your browsing session anymore.
  • You can reopen closed tabs, or even your entire last browsing session!

New tab menu:
IE8 new tab menu

Related tabs grouped by color:
IE8 tabs grouped by color

IE8 also brings nice features I was waiting for (often copied from Firefox):

  • Find as you type! at least!!!!! I use it every time so I had to install an addin before.

IE8 Find as you type

  • The Search bar also search in your favorites (and history and feeds).

IE8 search bar 

I won’t detail but you will also find other features to make your daily browsing more efficient, like Web Slices and Accelerators (new name for Activities).

 

Conclusions:

After MIX conference my advice to people was to install the beta 1 in a VPC only because it was developers oriented only and not very user friendly. After a few hours I can tell that IE8 beta 2 is safe ton install on your machine. For those who wonder, beta 2 is much more responsive than beta 1, which is not difficult..


Can’t wait for the final version!

 

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Published Thursday, August 28, 2008 6:56 AM by pluginbaby
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Comments

Thursday, August 28, 2008 11:26 AM by wisecarver

# re: IE8 beta 2: shit that’s good!

Here's your bar of soap.