Look like Microsoft doesn’t want to lose the browser competition with Mozilla’s Firefox. After the entire buzz about the new release of Firefox 3 beta 3, Microsoft soon releases its Internet Explorer 8 Beta. Users and web developers seem give Microsoft a great push to release the new browser sooner. Further more everybody expect that the new release will comply with the web standard, ex. Acid browser test.
From Microsoft’s website, Internet Explorer 8 Beta will have these new features:
Activities, it’s a shortcut feature to ease users to share a web page on social bookmarking such as Diig or share it to Facebook, Look for a definition of a text inside the web page and locating a location in a online map.
WebSlices, a new feature which I think have similar function like RSS, where users can subscribe to a service and receive information from it, such as MSN Weather.
Favorites Bar, is an improvement of Internet Explorer 7 Links bar. Other than links, Favorites Bar can save RSS feeds, WebSlices and Microsoft Office’s documents.
Automatic Crash Recovery, an important feature to save your opened website when IE crashed and open it automatically when you restart IE.
Improved Phishing Filter, to help users identify phishing site and keep their personal information save.
If you interested on trying the beta version you can go to this web page: Internet Explorer 8 Readiness but keep in mind that this is a beta version and still unstable, so use it for testing only.