Although I prefer Firefox over Internet Explorer, I do have
to say that there are some new cool features in Internet Explorer 8. Some of the new features include
accelerators, web slices, and compatibility view.
One of my favorite features is the accelerator. When you highlight an address, a blue box
with an arrow will appear, click on it,
hover over Map with Live Search and a map will pop up with the address you just
highlighted. If you click on the map, a
new tab will open with a full screen map.
You can also highlight text, click on the blue box, and you will be able
to translate to a different language.
Which it actually works, I translated something to Spanish to test it
since my native language is Spanish, and it did a very decent job. You can do many other things by highlighting
and clicking on the blue box such as e-mailing, blogging, search with Google,
find on Ebay, share with Facebook, and more.
With web slices you can keep up with updated sites through a
new Favorites Bar. If a web slice is
available on a page, a green Web Slice icon will appear on the upper-right hand
corner of your browser. By clicking on
the icon you can subscribe and add the Web Slice to your Favorites Bar. Every time
something updates on your Web Slice, you’ll notice on your Favorites Bar
by the text changing to bold.
IE8 Compatibility View allows content designed with older
web browsers to still work well with IE8. A new button located in the navigation bar just to the right of the
address bar (next to the refresh button) controls the Compatibility View feature. If a page is not compatible with IE8, just
click on the Compatibility View button, and the page will now display properly.
These are just
some of the new features of IE8. Here is
the link to download IE8 it so you can explore all of the features.