Microsoft has released Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 for
download from early this morning.
Microsoft is touting the newest version of its browser, available
here, as being
faster and offering "leading edge" security features.
"Customers have made clear what they want in a web browser
— safety, speed and greater ease of use," Microsoft CEO
Steve Ballmer said in a statement. "With Internet Explorer 8, we
are delivering a browser that gets people to the information they
need, fast, and provides protection that no other browser can
Microsoft has claimed IE8 blocks two to four more
malware attacks than other browsers, quoting a study by NSS Labs.
It also said that IE8 had
beaten other top browsers in page load time on almost 50 per
cent of the 25 top comScore Inc websites.
Tab colouring in Internet Explorer 8 (Credit: Microsoft)
Other features the browser include are "accelerators" which transfer information
between applications such as email and mapping services to cut down
the normal number of clicks, and "Web slices"
which lets the user save predefined sections of a website for
instant viewing. Colour coding of tabs and tab sandboxing are some additional
tidbits some might enjoy.
Microsoft showcased the final browser at its Mix 09
conference in Las Vegas where the company also unveiled a Silverlight 3 beta the day before.
The new Silverlight features out-of-browser support, which allows
Silverlight applications to run on the desktop as well as graphics
improvements, GPU acceleration, H.264 video support and tweaks to
improve rich internet application development productivity.