Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 - Tour

Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 - Tour

Summary: I've just downloaded and installed the beta 1 of Internet Explorer 8 into a virtual machine (no way am I ready to let that loose on my systems outside of a VM).

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I've just downloaded and installed the beta 1 of Internet Explorer 8 into a virtual machine (no way am I ready to let that loose on my systems outside of a VM).

Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 - Tour

I've only been using it a few minutes so there's no much to say beyond a few initial thoughts:

  • Install was quick, easy and painless.
  • IE8 looks an awful lot like IE7, just with a few tweaks.
  • Speed-wise IE8 feels snappier than IE7 ... might be an illusion.
  • If features such as Web Slices are going to take off, Microsoft needs to get web developers on board ... fast.
  • The redesigned address bar might help curb phishing attacks by making the domain you're visiting easier to spot.
  • Thanks to all the Activities stuff, the right-click is awfully busy.
  • I'm seeing a lot of minor site breakages in IE8 (running in IE7 emulation mode unbreaks the sites).
  • IE8 recovers from unexpected shutdowns very well.
  • Contrary to some reports I've been reading, IE8 Beta 1 passes the ACID 2 test: IE8 - ACID 2

Here's a rough-and-ready image gallery to help you get a feel for the browser.

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Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 - Tour

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  • More of the same

    Looks a lot like IE 7, but that would be expected. I really like the way it highlighted the active domain URL.

    From my past experience in DEPLOYING browser upgrades, any word on a new IEAK? The omission for IE 7 was a big issue.
    jeff113
  • How bout a preview of Opera 9.5?

    Nice one! I'd say they'll probably introduce a few more changes to the appearance before release...

    I like the domain highlighting, this is a very good thing even for old hands like me. The extra features they're trying to add though, activities, webslices etc, I hope they tidy up their presentation a bit. It's looking just a tad too busy!

    Hey Adrian, you've done a nice job of previewing Firefox 3 beta and now IE8 beta. How about giving us a comparison to the browser touted as lighter, faster, more secure and more full-featured than all other browsers - the 9.5 beta of Opera?
    james.faction
    • Yep. That would be great!

      I have not seen much reviews of Opera when compared to FireFox and IE, not sure why. Why don't you start publishing more of Opera reviews also in comparison against IE and FF?
      Arun (sreearun)
    • it would be nice to see

      a full comparative review of all browsers together with a roundup of market share
      Paul Fletcher
  • RE: Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 - Tour

    sofar i'm liking what i see
    USArcher
  • RE: Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 - Tour

    For me it's totally horrible beginnig. Google Maps, Gtalk in Gmail, slowness...

    I wrote a little review about it take a look:
    http://kemal.bioeng-network.org/2008/03/06/internet-explorer-8-beta-1-first-screen-shots/
    lynchaos
  • RE: Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 - Tour

    I downloaded the XP version to my laptop and had no problems, but when I tried to install it on a machine with Vista Basic it refused to load because I have SP1 installed. Do Microsoft employees ever talk to each other when they are interfacing programs? I guess that is a stupid question.
    yagijd
    • It installed just fine on Vista SP1 for me.

      Or did you mean, because you DONT have SP1 installed?
      TheTruthisOutThere1
    • I also have problems

      Tried to run on XP SP3 and and it crashes do not know whether this is SP3 causing problem or something else?
      morrig
  • I'm running it too, a couple more comments...

    The "Emulate IE7" feature requires you to shut down and restart the browser, so as it stands, its a huge pain in the neck. However, its so obviously crap, I think it wont be like this in the next beta release!

    Lots of sites dont work right in super-stanards mode. For example, its not possible to use ZDNet TalkBack, because the read "Reply To ..." buttons just don't respond.

    It passes Acid2, but doesn't do too well on Acid3 (which seems to have been released on the same day!)

    I'm going to keep using it, just to (subjectively) track sites being adapted to work correctly.
    TheTruthisOutThere1
  • *COUGH* Firefox Ripoff *COUGH*

    <NT>
    itanalyst2
    • explain

      explain your statement.... just dont put down a headline and run away like a chiken.

      Remeber everyhting is a ripoff of something else.
      daveaaa2
    • Which came first...

      And what do you think Firefox is ?
      CreepinJesus
      • Netscape aka Mozilla aka Firefox

        nt
        Dr. John
        • Before Netscape, it was Mosaic, and the first IE was based on Mosaic.

          Granted, Mosaic was made by the same people, Andreesen et all as Netscape.
          Roque Mocan
  • RE: Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 - Tour

    What problem does this product solve?
    BobBailey
  • I had the opposite experience

    I gave IE8 a try, but uninstalled it within an hour because it was practically unusable.

    It definitely did not feel "snappier" to me -- it was sluggish, and JavaScript-heavy sites froze for a few seconds every now and then. Mouse-over hover effects where just the background color changed was even slow.

    Milonic menus (JavaScript-based) on one site completely broke. That may be an issue with Milonic, but they should not have completely failed like that.

    I went to www.asp.net (the MS AJAX site) and the browser instantly crashed. MOST sites I went to had mild-to-severe display glitches.

    I think they released it too soon. This feels like an alpha release. The IE7 beta was much closer to the finished product than this is.

    I'm a big supporter of what Microsoft is doing with IE8, so this was disappointing. I'm sure beta 2 will be better, because Microsoft is good at systemmatically knocking out display glitches and performance problems. (That was my experience with the IE7 beta program.)

    BTW, anyone saying that IE8 is a ripoff of anything hasn't taken a look. Yes, there are some features that are brought in from other browsers (the Safari Bookmark Bar comes to mind), but there is some really nice innovation here. I especially like the URL display that shows the domain name in a slightly darker color. That's a nice touch and really helps.

    Internet Explorer seems to be taking the same route as the Star Trek movies -- the even-numbered versions are the best ones! ;-)

    My only wish was that MS waited a bit longer before getting the first beta out there.
    Speednet
    • I tend agree

      The standards mode is quite broken, however the IE 7 mode seems to work just as well as IE 7.

      It's a fairly fine line between an Alpha and a Beta 1 release. Probably should have been a little more solid, but at the same time I think Microsoft was trying start making good on its standards promises.
      Heatlesssun1
  • RE: Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 - Tour

    Can't say I am all that impressed. The right click toolbar has me totally weirded out. WAY to busy and if you make a mistake?
    how efficiently will this integrate with XP and older models? Probably won't.
    MS -- please get with the program. You can't force all of us to use these new upgrades when you haven't solved the problems with the older ones.
    stevie.wilson
  • First Quicky

    Thanks for the info!
    I look forward to the next - looks like a step in the right direction...
    rhonin