DailyTech reported last month
that Microsoft was on
the verge of releasing test versions of the Internet Explorer 8
(IE8) web browser. Microsoft made good on that promise today with the
public release of IE8 Beta 1 at the MIX Conference in Las Vegas.
The beta browser is available for a
range of Windows operating systems including Windows XP SP2,
Windows Vista and Windows Server 2003 SP2. According to Microsoft,
IE8 Beta 1 will not install on "prerelease versions of Windows
Vista SP1" or "checked versions of Windows".
IE8 includes a number of new features
including the "Activities" contextual data management service,
a new Favorites Bar, an improved Phishing Filter, Automatic Crash
Recovery and “Webslices”.
Microsoft software architect Alexander
Strauss goes on to explain Webslices, stating, “Webslices are
simply portions of arbitrary websites to which a user can subscribe
to. This enables a user to have updates of sites he regularly visits
right at his fingertips without navigating to the respective sites. A
webslice behaves just like an RSS Feed. The slice itself will be
added to the Favorites bar of IE8 when a user subscribes to a
webslice. In order to subscribe to a slice it must be discovered. The
discovery is quite easy as IE8 will display a special symbol if a
page offers a Webslice.”
IE8 will face some stiff competition
from Mozilla later this year. Mozilla's Firefox 3.0 web browser is
in the Beta 3 phase and has received generally favorable reviews
around the web.
quote: All of their browsers are abysmal compared to Mozilla.
quote: So these webslices will be IE only again. I really hate IE only features that are so far from conforming to any sort of uniform coding standards.
quote: Innovation trumps standardization in this case
quote: Maybe there is a way to do innovative things while adhering to standards and maybe using some help from open source community, like Apple does?
quote: If you want to use the Web Clip Dashboard, you have to buy a Mac.