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I have blogged a bit about Internet Explorer 8 (previous posts are here) and some of the really cool features that it comes, making your web discovery and usability experience really great. Specifically, accelerators and web slices bring a whole new set of IE tools to some great web services. You can find some accelerator and web slices from popular web services like Bing, LinkedIn, Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, and many more here.
One of my favorite accelerators is from Digg. Digg is an online destination that enables people to discover and share content from anywhere on the web.
You can download the accelerator here.
This new Digg Accelerator enables you to quickly Digg, Submit, and find related content from anywhere on the Web. A great tool!
Also, coming soon, is a Silverlight version of the accelerator providing a really rich experience for Digg stories.
I have a couple of posts on IE8 Beta 1 (which was mostly aimed at web developers) and today want to highlight the release of Beta 2 which is focused on a broader consumer audience.
In addition to the Beta 1 features like Web Slices and Accelerators (formally called Activities), Beta 2 comes with some great innovation that includes instant and visual search, privacy, and safer online functionality.
You can download and learn more about these features and others here.
Also, see the following for additional information:
- This blog post from the IE8 team describing the new privacy enhancements. The blog post includes screen shots and detailed description of the features.
- Charles Torre sat down with Dean and Andy of the IE team to get more information about the features.
- Joshua Allen has a post and screen cam of the visual search feature here.
I wrote about IE8 Beta 1 in a previous post as it relates to some of the new innovation coming in this release.
Beta 1 has been out since the spring, however, Beta 2 will come with a more pronounced launch, and additional features.
One important thing to note with regard to IE8 is its focus on standards compliance, and to make the “Standards mode” much better than IE7 but also keep the IE7 standards available in IE8. You can tell IE8 to use the IE7 Standards mode by adding a meta tag; ‘<META http-equiv=”X-UA-Compatible” content=”IE=7″>’.
However, you should start to update your sites content to comply with the CSS 2.1 standard to the IE8 Standards will render your site well.
For more information about layout modes, standards in IE8 go to the blog posts from the IE8 team The Default Layout Mode, Microsoft’s Interoperability Principles and IE8 and HTML and DOM Standards Compliance in IE8 Beta 1.
In my post from Mix08 a couple of weeks ago, one of the exciting announcements I mentioned was Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1.
There were a number of great sessions at Mix08 on IE8 and you can find and view these at Visitmix.com (search for “Internet Explorer”).
This is only Beta 1 and there are some very exciting technologies that were introduced, providing significant value and innovative implementations.
Some of the features in Beta 1 include:
WebSlices - WebSlices enable users to subscribe to content directly within a webpage. WebSlices behave just like feeds in that users can subscribe to them and receive update notifications when the content changes.
Activities – Activities are contextual services that provide quick access to external services from any webpage. For a list of IE8 Activities Providers go here.
Look for more innovation in future Beta releases and the final version!
You can also find an IE8 Beta 1 Whitepaper for Developers here.