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Internet Explorer 8 launches today around the world. The new browser features increased speed and security, as well as new browsing modes and other new features.  (Source: Microsoft)
Microsoft's entry in the next generation browser war is ready at last

The browser industry's next generation war has been waging for a couple years now.  Apple released Safari 3 in 2007.  Mozilla released Firefox 3 on June 17, 2008.  Opera released its 9.6 browser on October 8, 2008 and Google launched its Chrome browser on December 11, 2008.  Noticeably absent from these competitors was market leader Microsoft.  It had not released a browser since the introduction of Internet Explorer 7 in 2006 -- a browser whose major feature was the introduction of tabs (along with security improvements).

Last year, Microsoft began to perk attention in the computer community releasing a beta of Internet Explorer 8, which featured innovative browsing modes like InPrivate, which were quickly copied by its competitors.  The beta was followed by the release candidate, which hit the internet in January.  And today those efforts it teased at last year will finally come to fruition when it releases the finalized version of its Internet Explorer 8 around the world at noon. 

Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft says that security is a major focus of the new browser.  Rather than forcing users to rely on antivirus, antimalware, and firewall programs, Microsoft, like its competitors, has been working to build a lot of protection into the browser itself.  States Mr. Ballmer, "Customers have made clear what they want in a Web browser -- safety, speed and greater ease of use.  With Internet Explorer 8, we are delivering a browser that gets people to the information they need, fast, and provides protection that no other browser can match."

Microsoft claims that its browser blocks two to four times the malware of rival next generation browsers.  While such claims are certainly suspect, especially given the added security layer that some browsers like Mozilla get from non-stock add-ons, Internet Explorer 8 is definitely a big step up from the security of Internet Explorer 7. 

Speed, as Mr. Ballmer mentioned, is another key area where IE 8 shines.  Microsoft claims it holds the speed record browsing 15 of the 20 top worldwide sites -- again a rather suspicious claim.  Still, those who have used IE 8 can likely relate that the browser does load JavaScript and pages with heavy CSS content or other advanced formats a lot faster than IE 7 did.  Microsoft brags, "Internet Explorer 8 is one of the fastest browsers on the market today, beating other top browsers in page load time on almost 50 percent of the 25 top comScore Inc. Web sites."

Accelerators and web slices are two key features of the new browser.  Both of these features provide faster access to popular or “favorites” content.  Another big feature is Microsoft's improved Live Search, which includes Visual Search Suggestions -- this rich search provides visuals of the pages being searched and other information.  While some will find it too much information, others will enjoy it, and the feature just may win a bit of search engine market share for Microsoft.

Internet Explorer 8 is available in 25 languages -- Arabic, Chinese (Traditional, Simplified and Hong Kong), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese (Brazil and Portugal), Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.

The final version will be available for download at noon, here.



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Now the EU will have a strong case...
By chillingrsx on 3/19/2009 9:19:59 AM , Rating: 1
"Rather than forcing users to rely on antivirus, antimalware, and firewall programs, Microsoft, like its competitors, has been working to build a lot of protection into the browser itself."

...against Microsoft for trying to monopolize itself against the antivirus/firewall 3rd party companies.




RE: Now the EU will have a strong case...
By Reclaimer77 on 3/19/2009 9:27:21 AM , Rating: 1
Because the browser will be more secure ?

You are a jackass.


By chillingrsx on 3/19/2009 9:32:47 AM , Rating: 2
They putting those 3rd party software protection companies out of business because it's made from Microsoft.

/sarcasm end


RE: Now the EU will have a strong case...
By FITCamaro on 3/19/2009 10:30:47 AM , Rating: 5
I don't know why this got rated down. In a way he's right. But so is the other guy.

The browser will now be more secure.

But it wouldn't surprise me to see the EU try to sue Microsoft for this because it would cause people to stop using third party programs if they are no longer needed. Look at when Microsoft wanted to release Vista with the kernel locked down. The EU threatened them because AV makers complained this would make their products less necessary. Of course they worded it as Microsoft was trying to make its own products better and have an unfair advantage.


By Bytre on 3/19/2009 4:17:06 PM , Rating: 2
Hogwash. The bad guys can continue to exploit vulnerabilities in the kernel from discovery until patch, and without the documented and stable kernel hooks (which MS added in SP1), protection vendors had to rely on offline scanning to clean up such threats.

Some vendors didn't care because they didn't have kernel mode protection.


By Spivonious on 3/20/2009 8:17:36 AM , Rating: 2
In Windows 7 you can uninstall/disable IE8, so the EU has zero arguments.


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