New Features in Internet Explorer 8
Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) boasts several new features that set it apart from IE7. The browser offers a more intuitive address bar that does not simply contain previously visited websites. With one click, you can view visited sites, your recent browsing history, and even your favorites. This eliminates the need to type in addresses directly or fumble through folder after folder of favorites. For those irked by the placement of the stop and reload buttons in IE7, IE8 users can opt to position these functions next to the forward and back buttons like previous versions of IE.
Microsoft’s new SmartScreen filter makes web browsing safer than ever. SmartScreen protects you from malicious software that has the ability to identify you personally or compromise the files on your computer. Microsoft’s SmartScreen technology is, no doubt, in response to the rise of concern over identity theft.
IE8 also gives you complete control over the handling of first- and third-party cookies, allowing you to decide whether to accept, deny, or prompt you when a website wants to put a cookie on your computer. You will find that denying all cookies will greatly degrade your Internet experience, especially when shopping online. IE8 allows you to strike a balance with accepting or denying cookies with the prompt feature. Each time a website tries to place a cookie on your computer, you will be prompted whether to allow or disallow the cookie.
IE8’s most impressive feature is Microsoft’s introduction of Compatibility View to the browser. As the Internet and its technologies age, newer standards are accepted and used by web site creators. However, many websites cling to older, simpler technologies making browser compatibility a nightmare for browser developers.
IE8 ships with Compatibility View that you can turn on and off like a light switch. Website not displaying correctly in your browser? Click on Compatibility View and see if the website is using outdated website creation techniques. If so, Compatibility View allows you to view older pages correctly just as the website’s designers intended. This view essentially lets you view web pages as if you were using IE7, a useful insurance policy for those unsure of whether to abandon IE7 for the upgrade to IE8.