Described as the world’s most popular web browser, Internet Explorer includes Microsoft’s priorities such as security, ease of use, and improvements in RSS, CSS, and Ajax support. It is said to address just about all of the major concerns which users and critics have had.
Its key features include the following:
- Accelerators - supported web applications are supported to be invoked without explicitly navigating to them. These entities are a selection-based search, wherein a user is allowed to invoke an online service from any other page using only the mouse. Actions such as selecting the text or other objects provide the users with access to the usable Accelerator services, thereby eliminating the need to copy and paste content between web pages
- Autocomplete changes – domain highlighting for added security is provided by the address bar, wherein top-level domain is shown in black whereas the other parts of the URL are greyed out. Its other features include support for pasting multi-line URLs and an improved model for inserting the selection caret
- WebSlices - portions of page are allowed to be subscribed to and monitored from a redesigned Favorites Bar.
- InPrivate – the user’s browsing history, temporary Internet files, form data, cookies, and usernames and passwords are prevented from being retained by the browser, leaving no easily accessible evidence of browsing or search history. It also includes InPrivate Filtering, wherein users are provided with an added level of control and choice about the information that third party websites can use to track browsing activity.
- SmartScreen phishing filter.
- Performance and stability – Each website and download is checked against a local list of popular legitimate websites, where the entire address is sent to Microsoft for further checks just in case the site is not listed.
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 Review