Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 Touts 9 Significant New Features

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Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 Touts 9 Significant New Features

by Darryl K. Taft

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IE 8 Accelerators

Accelerators are a form of selection-based search that enables a user to invoke an online service from any other page using only the mouse. According to Microsoft, Accelerators eliminate the need to copy and paste content between Web pages. IE 8 specifies an XML-based encoding that enables a Web application or Web service to be invoked as an Accelerator service.

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Address Bar

Microsoft has upgraded the Address bar in IE 8.

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Developer Tools

Microsoft provides a host of developer tools to help make IE developers more productive.

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Domain Highlighting

Internet Explorer 8 features domain highlighting and tab coloring.

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In-Private Browsing

IE 8 features in-private browsing.

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Filtering

IE 8 also features in-private filtering.

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Search

IE 8 offers search suggestions to users.

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SmartScreen

Microsoft offers users a SmartScreen filter capability.

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Web Slices

IE 8 supports Web Slices. Web Slices are snippets of an entire page that a user can subscribe to. Web Slices will be kept updated by the browser automatically, and can be viewed directly from the browser's Favorites bar, complete with graphics and visuals.

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