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Well, I think I wrote this somewhere before
But I think it is excellent
A few tweaks here and there, but generally IE8 is very similar to IE7
The tabbing system is better - when you open a new tab from one tab, it has a new highlight colour, because it's in the same group
You can close full groups at once
New feature of accelerators - select some text and then choose from a variety of features that you customize yourself - eg translate, define, search, map....
At the moment features generally only offered by Live services and Google (on accelerators) but that is ample!
InPrivate mode- you've probably heard about this - dubbed 'porn' mode by some as nothing at all is saved (or so microsoft says)
Even so, no history, passwords, web addresses saved at all!
Updated address bar - almost like 'awesome bar' from firefox, but no pictures or google search built in - that is where it was before on right.
You can search when selecting text too as an accelerator - all the search providers you have installed for the top right bar, are availably when you select text as well
Much of this is explained when you load IE8 for first time
Give it a go!
Guinea Pig OUT
I think that for every guinea pig that likes IE8, we could find another who doesn't. There have been plenty of discussions about IE8 on this site. There was the MS warning about service pack "lock-in" referred by Rick P.:
And there was this user who found the IE8 caused havoc on her system.
And that's just here on this site. I have not heard of any new IE8 features that can't be duplicated with Firefox plug-ins. Having those features built in is a mixed bag. For folks who don't want the features, it's code bloat that they can't get rid of. For folks who love the new features having them integrated is probably going to be more efficient than a bunch of plug-ins.
jack, granted, Beta is better than Alpha. But I have been in too many beta-tests with products to know how (un)stable they are. You saw how shaky the early Vista was. I think before SP1, it was more or less at Beta level. And as long as one has more or less the same function that is stable, there is no need to stick your head out.
@Aleeve, the Computerworld article addresses some issues with IE8 betas on Vista. DezertPrincess was using Vista x64 when IE8 beta caused her trouble and removal was non-obvious. I'm not worried about you, though.
@Jack, "beta is betta". Let me guess, RC is Really Cool?
@All, am I the only one who thinks that more betas and RCs are being made available lately? Firefox 3 betas and RCs are available almost constantly, I had Beyond Compare betas, and I have been using Secunia PSI through RC1, RC2, and now RC3.
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