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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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This is my only beef with DailyTech...
By Boze on 3/19/2009 9:34:46 AM , Rating: 5
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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."


I know this is a "blog" Jason, but you're posting on a news site. Unless you can provide evidence or references to the contrary of their claims, let the public formulate its own opinions and let reviewers determine the veracity of such claims; likely you'll only have to wait until one minute past noon today to find out if any of the claims are true or not anyway.

Don't turn DailyTech into a joke of a news outlet like FoxNews. Do you really want to be known as the "fair and balanced" tech reporting site? And yes... I'm posting on Firefox. :)




RE: This is my only beef with DailyTech...
By Silverel on 3/19/09, Rating: 0
RE: This is my only beef with DailyTech...
By kmwagner on 3/19/09, Rating: 0
RE: This is my only beef with DailyTech...
By fatedtodie on 3/19/09, Rating: -1
RE: This is my only beef with DailyTech...
By aftlizard on 3/19/2009 11:08:01 AM , Rating: 2
Well beyond the tone of your reply, I have to agree. The RC candidates really were pretty inconsistent.

MS isn't completely wrong however as some web pages do load up incredibly fast but others not so, in fact quite a few web pages I had to run in compatibility mode and others simply wouldn't render correctly no matter what mode I was in. Perhaps this release fixed most of that but for now I will keep FF as my primary browser, but it's not perfect either.


By aftlizard on 3/19/2009 11:09:01 AM , Rating: 2
Oops replied to the wrong. person


By afkrotch on 3/19/2009 3:16:52 PM , Rating: 2
My IE8 test was a little bit of a mixed bag. I loaded it on 2 comps. I hate dual monitor setups on a single computer as the 2nd one is pretty much worthless when you're in a game, so I just have 2 comps there instead.

Anyways. One machine worked flawlessly. Now the compatibility mode annoyed me. I hated having to click the button. Then it became transparent. Now, it seems to be back again. Have no idea.

My other machine was horrible, cause it'd crash as soon as you paste a link into the url box. The url drop-down opened, but no links ever got saved in it. Ctrl-click a link and the other tab would open, but go nowhere. You can manually type in an address and it'd go fine.

I ended up having to reload the machine to fix that issue. Uninstall, registry cleaning, and reinstall did not fix it. Don't know what the hell happened there.

I tried out FF and Chrome, but saw no point. Does the same stuff as IE8, but has a completely different layout that I didn't like (mainly cause I wasn't use to it).

Add-ons/Extensions don't matter to me. Have one core playing with a browser that does everything or spread the workload to the different cores by using seperate programs that run in the background.


By Lerianis on 3/19/2009 11:40:00 PM , Rating: 2
It's not an opinion based on 'FUD'. The fact is that these things ARE suspect with the number of times that Microsoft has said things like this, and later on we have found out that outside testers timed the pages and found.... Microsoft was lying through their teeth about the speed of Internet Explorer.


By Ratinator on 3/19/2009 11:17:36 AM , Rating: 3
If they have pre-debunked it, then back it up with facts and not opinions. It is pretty simple to do.


By CGfreak102 on 3/23/2009 1:03:52 PM , Rating: 2
"IE8 beta is the slowest of the next gen browsers."

First off, why are you judging a beta version. Thats like taking a new car Ford or any car company is working on, one that has known issues with. Then putting that on the market and being judgmental towards it. For the simple people out there here is a definition of the word 'beta'. 4: a nearly complete prototype of a product (as software) <released in beta> <the beta version> (From http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Beta ). That being said if you still dont understand that it will have issues, might think of doing something else with your time.


RE: This is my only beef with DailyTech...
By JasonMick (blog) on 3/19/2009 10:46:28 AM , Rating: 2
Internet speed testing is highly subjective. One of the main elements that is at the testers' discretion is what version of competitors browsers are used. Did Microsoft test against Firefox 3.0 or 3.0.6? They don't say. Further, they can pick certain sites which their browser does well on, over sites that their competitors do well on.

Apple, Microsoft, Mozilla all claim to have "the fastest browser" and make similar claims as these. I say take them all with a grain of salt. That's all I meant.

As I said, IE 8 is noticeably faster. I think that is the story at the end of the day, regardless of whether FF or IE is faster on xxxxx site.


By omnicronx on 3/19/2009 12:00:22 PM , Rating: 3
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As I said, IE 8 is noticeably faster. I think that is the story at the end of the day, regardless of whether FF or IE is faster on xxxxx site.
While testing the RC, I noticed that many sites which they label 'top 20' were quite speedy, and definitely faster than FF. But.. other sites I noticed no improvement at all, and was definitely slower on a lot of other sites. Makes me wonder if MS optimized IE specifically for certain sites, or perhaps certain common actions used within these sites.


By vic1218 on 3/20/2009 12:51:51 AM , Rating: 2
The point is you should refrain from injecting your own opinion in a news article.


RE: This is my only beef with DailyTech...
By napalmjack on 3/20/2009 12:41:05 PM , Rating: 3
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I think that is the story at the end of the day, regardless of whether FF or IE is faster on xxxxx site.


What most of us want to hear is how fast IE8 is on XXX sites.
;)


By akosixiv on 3/26/2009 1:31:45 PM , Rating: 2
just stick with FF, most of the XXX sites have been coded with viewing from IE being just an afterthought.


By lexluthermiester on 3/25/2009 11:37:26 PM , Rating: 2
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Apple, Microsoft, Mozilla all claim to have "the fastest browser" and make similar claims as these. I say take them all with a grain of salt. That's all I meant.


At this point in time, who has the faster browser is becoming a null argument. Internet speeds are rising quickly, and the average speed of the system running the browsers are getting faster as well. What we all need to look at is the total package. Is the browser easy to use? Is the browser secure? Will it correctly display the web pages I visit? Will it run stable? Will it run needless and pointless crap without asking me first? Those questions are the reason I run Firefox and Opera.

quote:
As I said, IE 8 is noticeably faster. I think that is the story at the end of the day, regardless of whether FF or IE is faster on xxxxx site.


Fair enough. But there is one side of this equation that many have over-looked. And that is, why would we want a web browser written by the same company as the OS it runs on? The inherent security risks are not worth the very minor benefits.

I make a habit of forcibly deleting IE from every install of windows that runs in my home. FireFox and Opera are the browsers of choice. If I want a safari, I'll go to Africa where I'll be a little more secure. And Google's browser is good, but not quite there yet.


RE: This is my only beef with DailyTech...
By jarman on 3/19/2009 11:46:31 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Don't turn DailyTech into a joke of a news outlet like FoxNews.


You had a well formed argument until you added that sentence. Insinuating that Fox News is any different/worse than any other cable news organization is borderline delusional, at best.


By spread on 3/19/2009 11:15:37 PM , Rating: 2
This just in:

Using Internet Explorer gives you chlamydia.

/FoxNews


RE: This is my only beef with DailyTech...
By omnicronx on 3/19/2009 11:57:10 AM , Rating: 1
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I know this is a "blog" Jason, but you're posting on a news site.
DT is a news/blog site, they have two separate sections.
quote:
Don't turn DailyTech into a joke of a news outlet like FoxNews. Do you really want to be known as the "fair and balanced" tech reporting site?
quote:
Unless you can provide evidence or references to the contrary of their claims, let the public formulate its own opinions and let reviewers determine the veracity of such claims;
Its a Blog, that's the entire point, you do not necessarily have to back up your claims, and it can be opinionated. If this were posted as news than I would agree with you, but it is not, so Jason can feel free to voice his opinion. In fact I think the very reason he posted it as a blog, is because feelings about browsers are quite subjective in the first place. They will vary person to person depending on their needs (and worries).

If you don't like DT blogs, stick to the news section.


RE: This is my only beef with DailyTech...
By acase on 3/19/2009 12:42:46 PM , Rating: 5
I don't really care either way about what he wrote, but uhhh, unless IE7 is lying to me this IS posted in the news section and not the blog section.


RE: This is my only beef with DailyTech...
By omnicronx on 3/19/2009 2:01:33 PM , Rating: 2
Damn, I'm sorry for grilling you then ;)

You even wrote 'I know this is a "blog" Jason', but I never caught on that it was posted as news.

Sorry about that.


By acase on 3/19/2009 4:44:02 PM , Rating: 2
That wasn't me that wrote that I was just taking up for it...but I will accept the apology anyways ;-)


By callmeroy on 3/19/2009 12:28:45 PM , Rating: 2
Your first mistake is if you actually view daily tech as a serious tech news site. It's clearly not, its most definitely just a news BLOG site -- DT almost NEVER is on the ball delivering the news first on anything, they almost NEVER write the original story --- many many times I've seen the stories written on other sites -- almost word for word in some cases, they just change up a word or two so its not so overly obvious I guess.

Secondly with the Fox News thing -- if you believe the station is a joke because you made up that opinion on your OWN from actually watching it -- that's cool....but hating or joking at Fox News is the current popular trend -- so folks just say they hate it or its joke because that's the "in thing", I doubt most people even watch it or have watched it at all yet they judge it...

I only watch Fox News for one reason -- I like Glen Beck's show and he's on there now (used to be on CNN). I catch his show about 3 times a week even though its on everyday.

As a strict news station - no I don't watch much Fox News outside of Glen's show.

All I know is he seems pretty honest and logical to me on the majority of the issues.

-fin


RE: This is my only beef with DailyTech...
By Staples on 3/19/2009 3:21:37 PM , Rating: 2
Every author at this site has very pronounce biases. I read this site but I do not recommend it to any of my friends because it is so full of spin articles.


By nixoofta on 3/21/2009 3:42:45 PM , Rating: 2
If you're comin' out of the closet we're gonna need more info...

ie...."My name is ****** and I read Dailytech"

Step 1. "We admitted we were powerless over reading Dailytech and our lives had become unmanageable."


By Moishe on 3/23/2009 9:46:38 AM , Rating: 2
You are right. I was just gonna post about that.

Without proof or a good logical reason why these claims are suspicious... Mick is just being stupid.

Sure IE has never been the best, but Microsoft is certainly capable of making a high quality product and they're no more or less trustworthy than Apple, Opera, or Mozilla.


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