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  • Blog Post: Disabling Add-Ons in IE8

    It’s easy to lose track of how many add-ons you’re running in IE8 and how they can slow things down. An interesting experiment is to use the “-extoff” flag to disable all add-ons and see how zippy IE8 becomes. To do this, create an icon for IE on your desktop (usually "C:\Program Files\Internet...
  • Blog Post: Track eBay Daily Deals Via IE8 Web Slice

    Ebay have just published a new IE8 web slice that I really like. Why? Because it’s a great example of what a web slice should be (if you need more info on web slices read here: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/features/easier.aspx?tab=0 ). Every day eBay publish a special price for...
  • Blog Post: How to build accelerators, web slices and visual searches for IE8

    My colleague Mike Ormond has created a handy, short (<10 min) video on how to create add-ons for IE8. See this link . Especially handy if you’re thinking of entering the developer competition to win an Xbox Elite…
  • Blog Post: More IE8 Accelerators

    I like this one from my colleague Mike Ormond : http://ieaddons.com/gb/search/?search=trafficify . It shows traffic problems for any UK address you highlight as well as speed camera locations (note this is UK only). Mike has used Azure to do his data storage and calculations. I also quite like the...
  • Blog Post: IE8 Addons from TeSco, Ebay.co.uk, Rightmove, Directgov and ASOS

    Back in March, as I’m sure you know, we released the final version of Internet Explorer 8 for download . There’s plenty to like about IE8 – not only is it faster than any previous version (and faster than any other browser on most of the top 25 websites ), it’s also the most secure browser we’ve released...
  • Blog Post: Changing the position of an IE8 accelerator

    I’ve been using the new “accelerator” feature of Internet Explorer 8 for some time and now with the final release of IE8 there are many more to choose from (if you haven’t seen accelerators before take a look at this short video to learn how to use them). When you use an accelerator by highlighting a...
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