I'm not really sure that the update is worth it. This seems to just be one of Microsofts numerous attention grabbing campaigns. True, it is worth having better than just the standard explorer, but keeping number 7.0 is absolutely fine, since this doesn't really add anything to the web surfing experience that earlier models of explorer didn't have.
It's fast, but its not noticably faster than earlier ones, and its nowhere near as fast as Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. The latter especially, is speedy, very speedy, and the former comes with all kinds of useful plugins and java and flash software that saves you having to download all kinds of nonsense every time you want to watch a video or play a song.
It's still the best version of Internet explorer and is very efficient, but it could be a lot better, and it leads me to believe that Microsoft are falling behind just a little. Saying that though, the interface is still very familiar, and there are no real compatibility issues with this unless you're using underground flash sites which are often dangerous anyway. Security is pretty good and you're not really missing much out, because when all is said and done, the differences between any of the many available explorers are sporadic and minor at best.
~ My Personal Experience ~
Well after using Internet Explorer 6 at work for the best part of two years the newly updated Internet Explorer was well overdue. Internet Explorer 8 fixes a lot of bugs which occurred in the version 6.
Internet Explorer 8 is the latest in the series by company Microsoft to be released for surfing the web. It was released on 19th March 2009 and included improvements to security and the ease of use of the browser.
I believe that upgrading to this version has helped me fix lots of problems in terms of surfing without sudden errors or web pages not loading up because of an unknown fault. I have Firefox also installed and use this more then IE8 but it still has its movements of greatness and also its downfalls too.
~ New Features ~
Suggested Sites: This little beauty allows the Microsoft to suggest certain websites in which the user might be interested and then click and access. I think it's just a good business plan to bring in extra income knowing companies will pay Microsoft to include them in the suggested list.
In Private Mode: This is a new security function within IE8 and is split into two sections Browsing and Filtering. These functions prevent users history and information from being accessed by those who could do malicious things with it.
Accelerators: These allow the user to perform a search which allows the user to copy and paste from web pages without the need to do it manually between different pages.
~ Features which have been removed ~
- No longer able to drag text from websites into applications
- Option to delete settings and documents stored by add-ons is performed automatically making it more efficient.
- WBR support removed
- To open certain HTML web folders must be done through drive mapping tools
~ Compatibility ~
IE8 is compatible with W3C standards (stricter than previous IE versions). I would recommend using IE8 on Vista or Windows 7 but could be used on older versions.
~ System Specifications ~
Recommended: 233MHz Processor, 512MB RAM, Mouse or pointing device, minimum resolution (800 x 600).
~ Overall Conclusion ~
Personally I prefer Firefox as my main browser but if you are a Microsoft fan then this will do the job nicely.
~ Ratings ~
Internet Explorer 8 is the latest edition of Microsoft's own web browser. Internet Explorer has always been my first choice web browser and with IE 8, nothing has changed in regards to being my number 1.
I find IE the simplest web browser to use, but that is probably just down to the fact I have always been using it. Everything is easy to find, with basically everything at the top of the screen in a nicely laid out manner.
I still find it easy to use, but I think the more recent versions have been a little more complicated than the originals. With tabs being introduced and various other functions. It takes a little while to get used to at first, but after you do everything once then it is easy enough to do again.
The one aspect IE falls down most would be reliability. Although it works fines 99% of the time, now and again a page, which normally loads without a hitch, decides it is going to load. That's when Firefox has to be used, but despite Firefox always getting the job done I always go back to IE.
Page load times seem to be just as good as any other browser I've tried. The start-up of IE is instant; whereas when I start Firefox it is more like I'm starting up some other type of software. With around 10 second delays before the web browser appears.
To summarise IE is my favourite web browser. Easy to use and works fine for the most part. Despite trying out other browsers like Firefox and Google Chrome, I always go back to IE.
Internet Explorer is Microsoft's version of a modern Internet browser. Probably the most used web browser (as it comes pre-installed on windows computers) but I can't help feeling that it comes up short.
Installing Internet Explorer is pretty simple on the majority of popular operating systems, although finding the download link for the Mac version from the Microsoft site took a while. After a generally quick and easy install it's time to hit the web.
The general appearance of Internet Explorer has never been the best, but IE8 definitely has a lot more appeal. Everything is easy to find, with features that are shared between the majority of modern Internet browsers such as tabs, bookmarks, search bar and private browsing. All buttons are a good size and have clear icons, which is probably one of the reasons that so many people get used to the Internet through Internet Explorer.
After appearance however it is pretty much downhill. Customisation is nowhere near as good as Mozilla Firefox and is very limited. Support for the web browser is also quite low and I can safely say that Internet Explorer is probably the buggiest web browser I have ever used.
The software itself is easily exploitable and is a hell whole when going to ad supported sites as pop-up blocking is very ineffective on Internet Explorer. As well as this the browser is very glitchy and constantly crashes when using multiple tabs, using intensive java applications and uploading files to Facebook, YouTube etc.
The thing most people have issues with is speed. Internet Explorer is extremely slow, lags a lot when opening new windows/tabs and the general loading of web pages takes noticeably longer than Firefox, Safari and Chrome. It's no wonder people get annoyed with the browser when you can be sat there for 10 minutes looking at a swirling icon, waiting for a site with numerous pictures to finally load.
However the most annoying thing about Internet Explorer and the think that annoys me the most about Microsoft is there inability to play fair. The Mac version of Internet Explorer is clearly a watered down version of the Windows version with very basic features. They have done exactly the same with programs like MSN Messenger and it's gotten to the stage where they are very bitter about users on different operating systems.
Overall Internet Explorer is probably the worst browser that I've used, slow, prone to crashes and very basic. The only reason why so many people use it is because a) They are using it pre-installed on their computer or b) They haven't tried/can't be bothered to download another browser. I would recommend using another browser as soon as possible.
When tapping in 'Obama' on Microsoft spellcheckers you always offers you 'Osama' , ironic indeed, and for some white supremacists enough to claim the two are in fact one. Microsoft likes to play little jokes like that and I believe you can get a wingbat for the twin towers being hit by a plane if you tap in a certain sequence on Word 97, software code written five years before September 1. Q Twilight Zone music! Internet Explorer 8, on the other hand, is no joke, their best gateway browser yet from the trillionaire.
Microsoft, of course, introduced the windows operating system to revolutionize home and business computing, although yours truly took his time to catch up. Even as late as last year I was still on Windows 98 and Internet Explorer 5.1! When you're on broadband that set up wont run most html or java webpage's proper as lots of applications will be whizzing away at the same time and so you browsing speeds will collapse. Mine collapsed big time! THUD! You have to have at least Windows XP and Internet Explorer 7 if you want the full value from stuff like videos and sound files on webpage's. I.E 8 is brilliant that way although I have never used the alternates like Firefox or Apple to compare.
Sadly btbroadband have been 'throttling' many people's services, including mine, and so browsers don't work correctly at the speeds we are getting. I am 2000 meters from the BT exchange so don't get much more than 1MB speed normally but when BT throttle we don't get the required 500k to run most webpage applets, meaning the pages don't fully load and stuff like youtube wont run. Throttling is responsible for most slow internet services and it's when the provider deliberately slows down your connection to stop you uploading lots of p2p (point-to-point) video and music files. You may not be particularly prolific in that area like we aren't but with BT if you are in the top 10% of users on your packet cluster (users assigned to your copper wire cables in the area) you get capped and its very aggravating. The only thing more annoying when you have paid twenty quid a month for their crappy service for only 4 of those 20 GBs promised is the bloody hassle of BT customer service in India.
After the consumers mass rejection of the Windows Vista operating system (so Microsoft says), Bill Gates is launching Windows 7 this week (businesses yet again having to upgrade to make Gates billions more dollars), and I believe it only runs with Explorer 8, the default I.E browser. You need this spec to run I.E 8.
* 233 MHz processor
* Super VGA (800 x 600) monitor with 256 colors.
* Mouse or compatible pointing device.
* RAM: 64 MB for 32-bit Windows XP/Server 2003, 128 MB for 64-bit Windows XP/Server 2003, and 512 MB for Windows Vista/Server 2008 (32-bit and 64-bit)
The coolest thing about the internet (apart from free porn!) is you can pretty much download any software you need for free. The theory on Microsoft is that if you have downloaded their free products then the ones you have to buy from other companies will not always run on windows. Microsoft have 90% of the market and that's hasn't changed much of late. I picked up I.E 8 purely by pressing the upgrade button on my MSN toolbar. I presume the software was teleported in from Microsoft upgrade because my operating system isn't copied or stolen and so has a licence. I hope I didn't steel it.
I do like the page recovery facility for when you crash out and it regenerates that page there and then. It also gives you the 'option' to return to that page if it is a naughty one.
The phishing feature is new and it will block webpage's that are a known high risk for this activity. 'InPrivate' filtering is also new and has been described as the 'porn filter' by technophobes, a facility to scrub previous websites you have visited from your browsers history automatically. Although some people can be very pious over porn browsing pretty much everyone does it at some point. If you visit a site that wants to download spy or malware this facility will hopefully stop that happening alongside your antivirus and firewall. 90% of all computers viruses and crashes are porn related.
The tabs facility is fun too where you have the option to run another web page of choice as part of your original page instead of donking on the I.E icon again. These two regenerate like Doctor Who is they crash out. Its also easier to drag your favourite webpage's on to the tool bar for quicker access, keeping them logged in too after you have deleted the previous page of that site. There's also a built in pop up blocker.
The latest update to one of the most used internet browsers available.
I use IE and Chrome in about equal measure and while these may be equal in terms of most things they stand head and shoulders above the rest.
When I used IE6 and 7 I downloaded and used IE pro to provide the additional functionality that I wanted to have access to. This has been rectified in the new version and I no longer require it. The features such as re open the last closed tab and a download manager are among the most useful on offer.
Other than this it does what all browsers ought to and that is showing the web pages that we want to see. All other things are second to that, and for the most part it gets the job done. However, there are times when it has failed to work and just stops and hangs. This is something to do with the software not the hardware because other browsers don't do it and its only IE that stops working. All other applications run fine. Other than this I can't really fault it. It still has the intuitive controls and uncomplicated layout that we've come to expect.
It may not have all the benefits of other browsers (mozilla addins or chrome's simplicity) but it works.
To surf the internet, a web browser is required. There are several major web browsers available from Firefox, the recent Google Chrome and Internet Explorer 8. Although I have Internet Explorer 8 installed on my computer it rarely gets used. The only time I use it is for webpages that are incompatible with Firefox. For example I have an IP camera, to log into the IP camera and view video over the network, you need to use a web browser. Unfortunately Firefox is not compatible so I have to use Internet Explorer 8.
Internet Explorer 8 is let down for several reasons. Other than tool bars, unlike Firefox there are no add ons available from 3rd parties. For example with Firefox there are ftp. download, java blocking, script blocking, dictionaries, basically a vast range of applications that can be installed into the browser. Unfortunately Internet Explorer is not open source and therefore has none of these apps making it useless for anything other than basic surfing.
Using Internet Explorer 8 has also been frustrating when trying to install video plug ins, the default security settings in the software block anything from being installed. One must enter the options menu and make the necessary changes.
Internet Explorer is not a bad browser, it still loads up relatively fast and doesn't tend to crash, it has all the necessary security features, however Firefox is far superior.
I am always sceptical about installing upgrades that Microsoft prompt me about. I stalled this one and did not see much of a difference at first....
If you open a new tab it shows your most visited sites! Privacy? Not much! I can not even find a option to switch off this 'great new feature'. This appears to be hampering the opinion of IE8 over many internet forums, with pressure groups forming on Youtube about this lack of browsing privacy. Until a update is released that allows this to be easily turned off then I think IE8 is always fighting a losing battle.
There are some good features however. A new favourites bar can be created from using your list of favourite websites and this increases browing speed.
System issues that used to cause the program from not reponding appear to have been fixed and I have yet to recieve one in the months I have been using IE8.
Until Microsoft sort out this privacy issue then most people will be better off with IE7!
Many of you are possibly viewing this using a version of Internet Explorer. Microsoft's browser comes bundled with nearly all of its operating systems something for which it has been largely criticised and been in trouble for over the past few years. As much as it pains me to say, I share this view.
Microsoft Internet Explorer is the slowest, most un-standards compliant browser out there and for many people, maybe even yourself, it seems like the only option thanks to Microsoft's bundling scheme. Explorer is no longer the top or most efficient browser, it hasn't been for some time. This crown most likely belongs to Firefox (although I would argue Chrome is better).
IE does not follow web guidelines which have become a standard in a Microsoft attempt to manipulate the way in which we develop and design for the web. This means that websites designed to work with IE are largely improperly coded and will not display properly in 'legal' browsers. This means that truly great web designers have to alter their work to work around Microsoft's purposeful fault in their browser.
If you use IE I would recommend a swift change to one of the faster, more customisable browsers such as Firefox or maybe even Chrome which is more basic but definitely the fastest available.
Yet again Microsoft has let us down with a rubbish new version of something that worked great. We had Vista, admittedly it's now fixed, and now we have Internet Explorer 8.
I though IE8 might be great, I tested the Beta and it seemed ok, a bit buggy and yes it ran slower than Firefox, but it looked promising. How wrong was I, as soon as it came out of Beta that is when all the problems started.
What is so wrong with it? The browser takes ages to actually open before I get any physical web pages, then there's the fact that on loading some web pages it goes into 'not responding' mode and it takes about 5 minutes to respond. There's also the compatibility issue with some website meaning you can't view them at all, it doesn't seem to like flash video and to top it off it takes a millennium to load pages. All this makes for a very rubbish computer experience.
I have to confess at this point that these problems only seem to occur inside Vista and it works perfectly in XP, I'll admit not as good as Firefox but better than IE7 so this is why it is my primary browser in XP. It does still suffer from incompatibility problems as in Vista though so there's no solution for that. IE8 does offer a 'compatibility view' button but it only seems to work on a select number of sites.
Overall then I would not recommend IE8 at all, if you use IE7 stick with it and if you want something better use Firefox or even (god forbid) Safari as they both run a hell of a lot better than IE8. Even though it works in XP I don't see any major improvements apart from the interface and Microsoft have now jumped on the 'add-ons' band-wagon that Firefox have been doing since the dawn of time.
OK fair enough it's yet another version of Internet Explorer.
Not exactly the sort of development that will set the world, wired or other wise alight.
Was there that much wrong with IE 7? Well not for most of the tens of millions of users. Can't really say that I have noticed much change, probably a few more IE freezes than before and the addition of a "compatability" view button. You need to use this button to get lots of sites to look right - so basically IE8 does not display many existing web pages properly, and this is meant to be progress. Meanwhile millions of sites will have to be revamped to support the new standard.
Inevitably this will become the new default browser for the vast majority of internet users (myself included) and it's "free," - but there is just no real need to rush to do the upgrade yet.
Internet Explorer 8 is the latest of the Microsoft internet application software Internet Explorer, that was released in March of this year; that according to Microsoft will allow a user to access web pages faster and more securely than the previous Internet Explorer 7. But what I have found with this latest release is that it is more of an evolution than a revolution, as more of the work as been done under the bonnet.
The layout of IE 8 is exactly the same as IE 7, in that Microsoft has continued in its minimalist approach. As all there is is an address bar, a bar for a search engine, the favourites button, the tabbing system, a home button, a print button and buttons that allow a user to go in the applications options.
One of the major additions to IE 8 is the introduction of a privacy mode. The privacy mode allows a person to use the application to browse the internet and when they are completed have all the information that was stored in the cache deleted, so nobody else can view the information or websites the user was looking at. This can be good in a family setting or communal setting where more than one person uses the computer on the same account and you want to keep information private. The way the user can access this feature is under the safety button on the main bar at the top. Although this feature is new, and may seem as brand new to some people, it is not, as many of Microsoft's competitors have included versions within their own web browsers long before the introduction of the IE 8. What I have found with the privacy mode is, while it may be a good feature to have, I use the feature rarely.
Another good feature that has been added to IE 8 is web accelerators, this is a form of selection based searching. The way this works is highlighting a word or words on the web page the user is looking at and right clicking brings up a number of options; such as searching within a search engine such as google, to translate a page or to search for a item on a shopping site or auction site such as Ebay. This is the newest feature that I use the most, as it makes it easy to access information than opening a new tab and going to the web page.
Another feature that a user of IE 8 has to be aware of is the introduction of the compatibility mode, this is the feature that allows the web browser to operate as if the web browser is IE 7. The reason this had to be included is because of technical reasons, in the way a web page is developed by a developer and is then displayed on your screen; as Microsoft are notorious for not sticking to web and browser standards and developers built their web pages to adapt to these problems. The problems this can cause is for the web page displayed in a way that it was intended to and the web page loses its emphasis; as menus and pictures are not in the right order or are not in the correct place. The way Microsoft has corrected this is when a web page does not appear in the same way as it would have done under IE 7, then the user has to option to turn on compatibility mode. This button can be located at the very top of the screen next to the address bar, in an icon that looks like a torn piece of paper.
There are features that have come in for some criticism, such as the suggested site list, this is a feature that brings up a number of suggested sites that are associated with the site the user has visited or other people have visited. The problem with this is to make this feature work the browser has to contact the Microsoft server to bring up the list, this has been described as a "calling home" feature. It raises issues of privacy as information of the site is given to Microsoft to build this list for the user. But a good point to make is that this feature is automatically turned off and that if a user wants to use this feature the user themselves would have to turn it on. I would not turn on this feature as I value my privacy, but it is up to the individual user, but because of the main complaints on privacy Microsoft turned this feature off until activated.
When reviewing whether or not it was a good idea to upgrade from IE 7 to IE 8, in terms of security I would say yes it was wise, as I would advise any person that has a free update for a product to upgrade as it would provide better security. In terms of features, there a some features that do make it worth the upgrade such as in privacy mode, but some that do not such as the suggested list. Overall I would suggest upgrading as at some point, because if IE 8 is your main web browser sooner or later you will have to upgrade as other applications or software will only work with the most latest IE.
In terms of comparison of other web browsers from other companies, I cannot comment on as I do not use any other web browser than IE, as I am stupidly brand loyal and as it is already installed it is easier just to upgrade the IE to the newer version.