IE8 beta 2 – (another) great step towards standardization

Already in available in 4 languages – the brand new beta 2 version for IE8 is out in the wild. Some of the newly announced features (inprivacy browsing, smartscreen, etc) are quite compelling – worths to check out. Some of the favourite things among them in details:

  • Accelerators – Highlight an address, click the blue button and hover over “Map” or try Right Clicking a Page and Choosing Translate with Windows Live. Check out the new IE Gallery that has cool accelerators and slices from Digg to FaceBook to Ebay
  • Web Slices – Visit Live Search, search for “Seattle Weather” (or major city relevant to your region), hover over the rich search result and click the green button.  Click it to add a Weather Web Slice to your Favorites Bar. Or do the same with Ebay
  • Search Suggestions – Go to your Instant Search Box (top right) and type a search to see search suggestions in action
  • Navigation – Use the new Smart Address Bar to quickly find sites you’ve visited before.  The Smart Address Bar searches your history, favorites AND feeds for pages that match what you’re typing
  • Security – from updated Smartscreen phishing and malware filter to domain highlighting to the industry leading cross-site scripting filter so I feel my machines, my identity and my family will be safer on the Internet

Some of the videos *not* showing the features can be found here. The list of features can be found here. And – if you like it you may become a fan on facebook! 🙂

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