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Internet Explorer 8 coming in 2009

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 20 Nov 2008 22:22 User comments (17)

Internet Explorer 8 coming in 2009 According to Dean Hachamovitch, Internet Explorer general manager at Microsoft, the company will not be able to reach its goal of releasing version 8 of its browser by the end of this year and instead will begin shipping the product in 2009.
The general public beta will hit during the Q1 2009, with the final release following soon behind it.

An initial beta was released in March, and a second beta was released in August. Microsoft had hoped to have a final release by the end of 2008, but there appears to be delays.

Hachamovitch added that "Microsoft is being extra judicious in giving beta testers time to try out the software and incorporating their feedback into the product." Hachamovitch noted that the company "received a lot of feedback about how we transitioned from the IE7 beta releases to the IE7 final release, and as a result we want to be clear about the plan for IE8."

Internet Explorer 8 will add better security features, expanded privacy capabilities and new "Web slices" which will let "users subscribe to content on different parts of Web pages and have it sent directly to their browser."

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17 user comments

120.11.2008 22:57

all in all i want to see snapshots and some features cause i dont think there will be massive changes.

220.11.2008 23:01

I'm happy with the way IE7 is now, but I'm more anxious to get my hands on Windows 7 next year.

321.11.2008 0:07

Originally posted by mike.m:
I'm happy with the way IE7 is now, but I'm more anxious to get my hands on Windows 7 next year.
Heres to hoping its not another flop, or im going to linux.

421.11.2008 1:53

Originally posted by canuckerz:
Heres to hoping its not another flop, or im going to linux.
You've not heard? It's Vista with partial improvements, the most emphasized upgrade being DX11... It's still built on the same, slow core as Vista was. I'm already on Linux with a dual-boot on XP, and I'm very satisfied.


521.11.2008 8:26

Quote:
Originally posted by canuckerz:
Heres to hoping its not another flop, or im going to linux.
You've not heard? It's Vista with partial improvements, the most emphasized upgrade being DX11... It's still built on the same, slow core as Vista was. I'm already on Linux with a dual-boot on XP, and I'm very satisfied.
Now hold the phone. Some operations in Vista are terribly slow, but overall, Vista takes advantage of multi-core processors and much more memory, giving it advantages over XP. However, the negatives outweigh the positives at this time and there's no reason for myself to move from XP at the time, after trying a dual-boot configuration with both Vista and XP. (Network transfers and unzipping archives are horrendously slow.)

With that said, there are several accounts that MS is fixing the memory addressing and bottleneck issues with Windows 7, and that it's a "faster" and "better" version of Vista, even running on the exact same hardware. Though that's yet to be seen, I wouldn't drag it through the mud just yet.

Also, everyone can keep their Linux. If you all you use a PC for is browsing the web and email, you may as well get a Mac. There's only so much open source software and configuration that one can tolerate.

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Back to the article, I wish that MS would realize that the web community wants less of their custom browser features, which is really a veil for MS trying to control the web and it's content.

Anyone who builds websites knows how much of a pain ActiveX, CSS and other technologies are to use outside of the IE environment. What we really want is something that is compatible with all users; those running Firefox, Safari, Opera, in addition to the same mobile clients.
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621.11.2008 19:22

Microsoft has been going down the crapper for awhile now. I didn't like IE7 and probably won't like IE8 as there won't be much difference. Vista was a bomb and I hope Windows 7 isn't simply a take-off from that fiasco. I have always been a firefox fan and now that MS can't seem to get it together, My Ubuntu box is set up and ready to roll.

721.11.2008 20:21
varnull
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The only thing fista takes advantage of is your wallet.. It's built on 5 year old longhorn server code.. obsolete before it was released still running an antiquated monolithic kernel.. M$ don't have a clue.

Windows7.. don't make me laugh.. it's fista sp3

822.11.2008 15:47
choli0090
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I liked the features of IE8, but for some reason on my machine the startup of IE8, it A LOT slower then IE7

922.11.2008 21:31

I don't use internet explorer as my main browser anymore, but I am still running IE 6 when I do. Maybe I need to upgrade, haha.


1023.11.2008 1:20

Two Words...Who cares? I'm so happy with Firefox I only use IE for Windows updates, and that's because I don't have a choice.

1123.11.2008 1:46

Originally posted by hermes_vb:
Two Words...Who cares? I'm so happy with Firefox I only use IE for Windows updates, and that's because I don't have a choice.
Actually, you do :)

There's an add-on for Firefox called IE-Tab, if you've ever heard. It just loads the IE engine while using Firefox in a tab. When installed, there is small button in the bottom right-hand corner that displays the Firefox icon by default, and by clicking on it, changes the icon to IE indicating a browser engine switch. It's very useful for me with Windows Updates too.
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1223.11.2008 13:15

Actually I've know about it for a long time. The thing is, it's still IE embedded in a Firefox window. Just a technicality.


If I always hear voices surrounding me, does it mean Im crazy or that I hear in Dolby 5.1?

1323.11.2008 15:21

Originally posted by hermes_vb:
Actually I've know about it for a long time. The thing is, it's still IE embedded in a Firefox window. Just a technicality.
True, but from my stand, I had to remove both "IEXPLORE.EXE" files due to malware that I eventually removed. They're still deleted, so I only use IE Tab. And Firefox is easier to use..


1423.11.2008 15:33
varnull
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Reading through.. You MUST use IE to get windoze updates?.. another antitrust issue waiting for class action.

IE is a bundled browser.. WMP bundled lost European antitrust cas as would IE if somebody cared to make enough of a fuss about it.. regardless of any "workarounds" like IE-tab.

Who wants M$ updates anyway.. they usually cause more problems than they solve, and these days are more about DRM than fixing the (pathetic) windoze security issues.

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1524.11.2008 9:59

I haven't used IE in months and very rarely before that.
Firefox gives me all the options I need and if a site
absolutely demands I use IE, well.. there's the IE tab
that I have installed in Firefox.

Seriously, Microsoft has a long way to go (IMHO) to beat
the Firefox browser. When it comes to program size, features,
speed, and hundreds of plugins or extensions, Firefox beats
any browser that comes out of Redmond.
It's the first thing I install on a system after putting
the essentials and drivers on. I never browse without it...

1624.11.2008 12:21

Originally posted by varnull:
Reading through.. You MUST use IE to get windoze updates?.. another antitrust issue waiting for class action.

IE is a bundled browser.. WMP bundled lost European antitrust cas as would IE if somebody cared to make enough of a fuss about it.. regardless of any "workarounds" like IE-tab.

Who wants M$ updates anyway.. they usually cause more problems than they solve, and these days are more about DRM than fixing the (pathetic) windoze security issues.
Well, don't update and see what happens! LOL

Anyhow, Vista doesn't use IE for updates, so I'm sure MS was aware of any antitrust issues that may arise.

1724.11.2008 23:15

Originally posted by SProdigy:
Well, don't update and see what happens! LOL

Anyhow, Vista doesn't use IE for updates, so I'm sure MS was aware of any antitrust issues that may arise.
Yeah, but XP still has a HUGE user base including myself, so something could come up. My somewhat old laptop hasn't had an update since 2005-06 and it runs better than my currently updated XP on my desktop. Some of the updates feel like malware to be honest.


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