Today we’re excited to release the final build of Internet Explorer 8 in 25 languages. IE8 makes what real people do on the web every day faster, easier, and safer. Anyone running Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server can get 32- and 64-bit versions now from http://www.microsoft.com/ie8. (Windows 7 users will receive an updated IE8 as part of the next Windows 7 milestone.)
We’ve blogged a lot here about what’s in IE8. Stepping back from individual features, Internet Explorer is focused on how real people use the Web. We designed the product experience based on real-world data from tens of millions of user sessions. We worked closely with developers and standards groups to deliver a far better platform for the people who build the web. We cooperated closely with the security community to address the real threats that users face on the web, and keep users in control of their browsing and information. The resulting product takes a “batteries included,” just works out of the box approach to delivering the next browser for how hundreds of millions of people really use the web. We think it will surprise people who haven’t looked closely at IE in a while. Perhaps it’s time to re-think conventional wisdom about IE.
Today at the MIX conference, we showed IE8’s technology and design in the context of what real people do all the time on the web:
First, as a team we want to thank everyone who used our pre-release software and provided feedback. You helped us deliver IE8.
Our next steps start with listening. We’re going to listen for customer and security issues and respond appropriately. We’re going to engage with web sites and developers on compatibility. We’re going to finish Windows 7. We’re going to work with standards bodies to finish CSS 2.1 and bring other standards to a customer-ready state faster. We’re going to stand behind this product and service and secure it for many years. We’re going listen to your feedback while we start work on the next version of IE.
The more important part happens outside of the IE team as people start using IE8. We’re excited to see how developers take advantage of it, from slices, accelerators, and visual search results that people can extend IE with to richer, safer websites that they’ll use every day.
Thanks – Dean Hachamovitch General Manager
P.S. The following table offers summarizes much of what we’ve blogged about here; please see http://www.microsoft.com/ie8 for a more complete list that includes our work on accessibility, manageability and deployment, and more:
Faster and easier for how people really browse the web every day
Address bar. Searches across your history and favorites
Search box. Visual Search suggestions, Quick Pick, search results from your browsing history.
Accelerators. Immediate in-page access to the services of your choice.
Web slices. One click access from the Favorites bar to the services you choose. Live previews and automatic updates.
Tab grouping and coloring. Automatic tab organization and easier to multitask.
“New Tab” experience. Easy access to your last browsing session or closed tabs.
Favorites Bar. One click to add a favorite to the bar; and once click access to favorites, web slices, and feeds.
Real world Performance. Top sites load fast on IE8.
Find bar. Easily find and highlight text on the current web page.
Suggested Sites. Discover more sites on the web that are similar to the sites you already enjoy.
Toolbar close box. Easy to enable or disable toolbars
Add-on load time. See and control which add ons affect IE performance.
Safer, protecting real people from the real threats on the web
Malware protection. Prevents installation of malicious software
Cross-site Scripting Filter. Protection from web site attacks.
Tab isolation and Automatic Crash Recovery. Keep browsing even if a site or control crashes.
Domain highlighting in the address bar. Easy to see what site you’re really on.
InPrivate Browsing. Protection -- never saves your browsing history.
InPrivate Filtering. Avoid third-party web tracking
Delete items from the Address bar. More over the shoulder privacy.
Search settings protection. Your search provider is always your choice.
Clickjacking protection. Protection from a class of exploits involving mouse click redirection tricks
Per User/Site ActiveX. Additional protection from repurposed ActiveX controls.
DEP/NX. Protection from a class of memory exploits
More-secure mashups for developers with new functions and support for new standards-based mechanisms (ToStaticHTML(), XDomainRequest; Native JSON support, postMessage()).
Opportunities and Interoperability for the people who build the web
Standards mode by default. Easier to build sites that work across browsers. (Compatibility View list for end-users while developers adjust to a more interoperable IE.)
Most CSS 2.1 compliant, with 7,000+ test case CSS 2.1 Test Suite (incorporating community feedback) contributed to the W3C.
Web slices, Accelerators, and Visual Search extensibility. Easy to integrate site with the browser experience. These formats released under open licenses.
Developer and Designer Tools
Beginning of HTML5 support (XDR, local storage, navigation); ACID2