Microsoft inflicts Internet Explorer 8 Beta; Mac users unaffected

Microsoft has inflicted Internet Explorer 8 Beta for Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 x64 Edition, Window XP SP2, Windows Server 2003 SP2, Windows Server 2003 SP2 x64 Edition, and Windows XP SP2 Pro x64 Edition. Mac users are unaffected.

Features include:
Activities: contextual services to quickly access a service from any webpage. Activities are services that the user can install and manage. Users can install them from the Internet Explorer 8 Service Guide or through any website that advertises Activities.
WebSlices: a new feature for websites to connect to their users by subscribing to content directly within a webpage. WebSlices behave just like feeds where clients can subscribe to get updates and notify the user of changes.
Favorites Bar: In Internet Explorer 7, the Links bar provided users with one-click access to their favorite sites. The Links bar has undergone a complete makeover for Internet Explorer 8. It has been renamed the Favorites bar to enable users to associate this bar as a place to put and easily access all their favorite web content such as links, feeds, WebSlices and even Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents.
Automatic Crash Recovery: The ACR feature takes advantage of the Loosely-Coupled Internet Explorer feature to provide new crash recovery capabilities, such as tab recovery, which will minimize interruptions to users’ browsing sessions.
Improved Phishing Filter: Phishing sites spoof a trusted legitimate site, with the goal of stealing the user’s personal or financial information. For Internet Explorer 8, Microsoft promises a more comprehensive feature called the “Safety Filter.”

More info here.

MacDailyNews Take: Windows sufferer? Get a Mac. In the meantime, we recommend Apple’s Safari 3, the fastest web browser on any platform, now for Windows. More info and download link here.

Apple’s Safari Web browser for Windows:

Direct link via YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIYcmPN-jvE

35 Comments

  1. The extensions or “Add ons” for FF are AWESOME. FF 3 do soon looks a LOT better than 2.

    I like Safari, but use FF for the shear amount of extensions.

    Insert “extensions” joke here_________________________.

  2. So, Zune Tang, how is IE8?

    When I use Windows, I use Safari. I didn’t like the display at first, but after a while, when I go back to FireFox on Windows, I realize how much better things look with Safari….

  3. I think its wonderful that Bill and Steve are thinking about us. After all, a system that has a — RECOVERY from AUTOMATIC CRASHES — is neat.

    But….er……why do we need Automatic Crashes??? 🙁

    en

  4. “WebSlices”? So let me get this straight: Microsoft is expecting websites to incorporate features that will be usuable with only one browser? I’m sorry guys, but that ship sailed more than five years ago. I don’t think any site does Internet Explorer-only content anymore, except for cases where the site needs Microsoft DRM for their video content.

    ——RM

  5. Safari is nice except its memory leaks more than your cheap supermarket brand baby diaper…

    For Firefox doubters (or those who hate its ugly look), FF3.0 looks and acts like it’s supposed to as a native Mac app. Not to mention its plenty fast and has fixed all major source of memory leaks as far as I am concerned…. But it’s good to have Safari/webkit around to keep the big boys on their toes…

    IE is… um… for losers who don’t know any better…

  6. I pity the folks left at my old office who were restricted from using any browser under Windows except IE. (I was one of the few who had a Mac, so I could use Firefox and Safari because IE doesn’t exist under OS X.) Now I’m free of such small mindedness and can use whatever I please.

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