Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 is now available for download. I started using it this morning and have been impressed with the speed. It has a whole lot of new features including Compatibility View (handy for those sites designed for older browsers), Web Slices, Search Suggestions, Accelerators to name a few. It has some Security changes which include the SmartScreen Filter, Cross Site Scripting (XSS) Filter, Domain Highlighting and Data Execution Prevention. One feature I like is the Live Maps Accelerator. You select a address on a page and right click to select the ‘Search with Live Maps’ to see the Map on the same page. I used this to check the location of a restaurant I was checking out.
Some important Technical Resources are: How to get your site ready for Internet Explorer 8 The IE8 Beta 2 Technology Overview for the Enterprise - provides a great overview of all the new features in Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 and is written for IT Professionals and other technical users. The IE8 Beta 2 FAQ for Businesses - answers common questions from IT Decision Makers and IT Professionals about Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2. Slipstreaming IE8 into Vista and Server 2008 images - If you manage the desktop images for your organization, slipstream saves you time by simplifying the task of adding Internet Explorer 8 and any IE updates.
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