A Guide to Internet Explorer 8

By Eric Geier | Posted August 07, 2009

Microsoft released Internet Explorer 8 in March, about two and a half years after the release of the previous version. Whether you were an earlier adopter or you still need to upgrade, this tutorial will help you discover the changes and new features in IE 8.

Although at first glance it doesn't seem there have been very many changes, there have been some: especially in the security, user-friendliness, and compatibility areas. There have also been a few changes in the browser's appearance:

  • The browser has been updated with the name of Microsoft's newly renovated search engine, Bing, which was formerly called Live Search, Windows Live Search, and MSN Search.
  • When possible compatibility issues are detected on a Web page, the Compatibility button will now appear between the address bar and the Refresh button.
  • The other noticeable change is the addition of the Safety menu on the Command bar of IE, between the Page and Tools menu.

Overall, if you're used to browsing with IE 7, you shouldn't have any problems with the upgrade. There won't be as many physical changes to get used to as when you made the transition from version 6 to 7, with the new tabs and command bar.

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