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Microsoft Previews Internet Explorer 8

Earlier today, Microsoft shipped the Beta 2 release of Internet Explorer 8 -- the first new version since 2006's Internet Explorer 7, which itself marked the first major update to IE since Internet Explorer 6 shipped back in 2001.

IE 8 -- available for Windows XP and Vista -- doesn't look all that different from IE 7, but it seems to pack in a considerable number of helpful, if overdue, usability refinements.

Most of them involve tabbed browsing. In IE 8, this no longer feels bolted on as it did in IE 7; there isn't that same distracting pause while the browser opens a new tab. The "about:Tabs" page that displays if you click the new-tab button now offers useful links (for instance, to reopen tabs you'd closed before) instead of just an introduction to the concept. And if you right-click to open a series of links from one page in adjacent tabs, IE 8 highlights their tab bars in the same color to help you keep track of them.

IE 8 also catches up to its competitors in a few ways. It -- finally -- has a find-on-this-page text search as quick and convenient as the one in Mozilla Firefox and Apple's Safari. You can also now right-click on selected text to search for those words in your default search engine, but IE 8 also lets you expand this right-click menu with "Accelerators" that provide additional functions (say, directing that same search to a mapping site). Its address-bar auto-complete works much like the intelligent version I love in Firefox 3. And IE 8 provides "inPrivate Browsing," a rough equivalent of Safari's "Private Browsing" feature, which wipes out all records of your Internet activity when you're done. (Some of you may know this feature by another name.)

IE 8's "Web Slices" sound a lot like the Mac version of Safari's Web Clips. But while Web Clips work with any Web site, Web Slices require some extra coding at the site you're trying to clip... er, slice for faster access.

I downloaded a copy and installed it on a Toshiba laptop running Windows Vista Home Premium to give this browser a quick spin around the block. The install went fine, but IE 8 reported that it couldn't run the installed version of Google Toolbar, and I had to re-authorize Microsoft's Photosynth plug-in as well.

IE 8 includes numerous security and maintenance upgrades, but I haven't had time to try them out yet. So I'll leave that part up to you: If you're trying your luck with this beta browser, how is it working out? Any sites that look or function poorly in it? Any widely-used plug-ins that give it indigestion?

By Rob Pegoraro  |  August 27, 2008; 6:13 PM ET
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Comments

I only ever use MSIE for those few sites that still cannot work with Firefox. I can't ever see myself going back to Ballmer's browser ... ever.

Posted by: FF fan | August 27, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Use IE Tab! It's a firefox plugin that guarantees that you will NEVER need Internet Explorer again :D Google search "IE Tab"

Posted by: Joo Joo Bi | August 27, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't this be more of an IE 7.5 than 8? Either way, I don't see Microsoft snatching users away from firefox or other browsers. It's another mere response to Mozilla; hardly innovative or worth being an unpaid tester for.

Posted by: Thanatos | August 27, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

IE 8 rocks

Posted by: Sold | August 27, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Does IE 8 run on my Linux Asus EEE?

Posted by: Kammie | August 27, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Speed? Firefox blows away IE7 on Javascript - has the Redmond tortoise caught up?

Posted by: bilco | August 27, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

What a joke restarts and reboots come on
I have had this before,Beta ( better,extra memory than the average no way)
do not down load a waste of my and your time

Posted by: pix | August 27, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

On a related note, re: IE7: Does IE8 correct IE7's annoying tendency (at least on my PCs) to open a new window even when one right clicks and specifies 'open in new tab'?

Posted by: Howard NJ | August 27, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Now they're only 2 years behind Firefox.

Posted by: Jeff | August 27, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

People who use Windows: use FireFox for everything and only use Microsoft Internet Explorer (any version) if you need to use a particular web site that won't work with FireFox.

A lot of malware, spyware and viruses are written to take advantage of the poor security of Internet Explorer.

So if you avoid using IE, you will dramatically lessen your exposure to viruses and malware.

Your anti-virus protection software is not enough and does not make you immune. You also have to adopt safe Web surfing and email use practices. Avoiding Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) and using FireFox (or Opera, or Safari for Windows) instead is an important part of this strategy.

Posted by: Wheat Williams | August 27, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

My operation system Windows Vista came with IE 7 and I used only once to download Firefox...

Posted by: Evgeny | August 27, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure that IE8 will be fine for the 80-90% of internet users however once you have tried Opera or Firefox it is hard to go back to a browser that remains yrs behind in the other browsers technology...

Posted by: syzito | August 27, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

You guys no nothing

Posted by: Tim | August 27, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

ill never use a browser written with open source script...never...im crazy not stupid

Posted by: bob | August 27, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

i was refering to firefox...not IE8

Posted by: bob | August 27, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

I love my FireFox. it is even better with all these excellent ad-ons, plugins,..etc....

Posted by: JazzExpresso | August 27, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

it would be nice if this browser was cross-platform friendly. having a copy of IE on my mac would be helpful.

not because i'd want to use it as my main browser, silly rabbit, but because i need to test the websites i build.

since most people still use IE as their main tool for surfing, i need to ensure the websites i build are bug-free... on the most used and buggiest web browser that exists.

keep chipping away, firefox.

Posted by: robby breadner | August 27, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

@bob
why on earth not? it is much safer to use something that everyone can check for problems, instead of taking Microsoft's word...

Posted by: bob2 | August 27, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Unbelievable. The author asks if anyone has used the IE 8.0 beta 2 yet and asked "how is it working for you?" and all you can manage to come up with is trash about IE 7 and IE in general. That's not what was asked. If you haven't used beta 2 yet and can offer any info on the experience then why are you commenting?

I use Firefox as my main browser but will be installing IE 8.0 beta 2 tomorrow. I just love breaking new software.

Posted by: quasi42 | August 27, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Use Firefox with these three plugins:

IE Tab
NoScript
AdBlock

You will never go near IE again.

Posted by: Firefoxy | August 27, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

The problem with trying IE8 is that it can screw up your computer, since IE is so tightly integrated with the OS. From what this article says, IE8 still lags behind Opera, so why install a risky Beta??
I use Opera and sometimes IE7. Opera is a much better browser but unfortunately a few sites are coded exclusively for IE.

Posted by: Chuck | August 27, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Beta 2 gets only 21 on the Acid3. Ugh... It's maddening that other browser makers are able to support CSS2.1 and CSS3 so well while the world's richest software company fails miserably. It's also disheartening to think that I'll be living with IE8's bugs for at least as many years as I've been coding for IE6. If everyone could just not use IE anymore, I'd really, really appreciate it.

Posted by: pixelguru | August 27, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

I downloaded IE 8 (after ditching IE 7 because it had installed Alexa Toolbar tracking programs on MY computer without my authorization) and guess what? IE 8 also has Alexa trackers, which CANNOT be removed without damaging the integrity of the IE product. And Microsoft refuses to provide any assistance in getting rid of Alexa because they and Alexa share the tracking information with each other and with their advertisers and spammer clients. I contend that it is morally, ethically, and legally wrong for Microsoft to install any spyware, malware, or trackers without disclosing it to the user, and illegal for them to not provide for advance notice and an opt out. Obviously Microsoft has no conscience, and no regard for their customers. I have bought and paid for with my hard earned cash over the years Microsoft Windows 3.1, 95, 98, 2000 Pro, and XP home and pro. Also Word, Office, and other such products. NEVER AGAIN WILL I EVER SPEND ONE SINGLE CENT OF MY MONEY TO ALLOW MICROSOFT TO INSTALL SECRET SILENT TRACKERS ON MY COMPUTER THAT I OWN. As far as I am concerned, Microsoft can go the way of the dinosaur. Google has trackers, but they disclose them in advance of downloading any of their products, and they allow their customers to opt out of the trackers. Google has already overtaken Microsoft with their search product. I cannot wait until they surpass Microsoft with their Google Docs product and then enter the telephone market and compete with the landline companies with their Grand Central PBX product, and then compete with the cell phone companies with their Android/GPhone product, and on and on. Google is an ethical, law abiding company that respects and values their customers. Microsoft is a bunch of thugs who screw their customers by overcharging them for inferior products, then secretly install spyware and trackers to see how the product is used, then sell that information to their spammer clients so they can join in the gang-bang of the customer/victim.

It is clearly time for a class action lawsuit against Microsoft by their millions of victims. XP is useless without a browser. XP is designed so that ONLY IE can be used to download security updates from their website. And the IE is infested with secretly installed trackers that cannot be removed without completely removing the IE. If that is not "restraint of trade" and "unfair and deceptive trade practices" and "theft by deception" I don't know what is.

Hungry lawyers out there -- Microsoft is flush with money. Help us unfortunate victims who have already given our money over to this bandit/thug/organized ring of thieves.

I own my computer, yet Microsoft thinks they can illegally install products I DO NOT WANT on MY computer. I paid cash for my XP, but Microsoft says they can install spyware trackers on it without notice to me or approval from me, and there is nothing I can do about it.

I want my money back, or I want the Alexa removed from MY computer. Plain and simple choice.

Posted by: Mark Regan | August 27, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

I don't know about the latest iteration of Firefox, but it used to be too slow. I use the free Avant browser, which builds on IE and has long offered flexible tabbing, an ad blocker, and many other features built in (doesn't require add-ons).

Posted by: rsdk | August 27, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

I've been pushing firefox on everyone I know for years, but I spend more and more time thinking about jumping ship. I don't think it's the clean functional browser it started off being at all. Especially, I can't understand why people are calling firefox fast. I'm not interested in average, day-to-day single page fast ... I'm bothered by the daily problem that once you have a pile of tabs open, firefox tends to get SO bogged down enthusiastically doing something in the background that it doesn't reserve enough CPU time to even let you change to a loaded tab to read while you're waiting.

Posted by: snaxalotl | August 27, 2008 11:06 PM | Report abuse

You guys are crazy... why on Earth will I ever use anything else than my integrated Windows Vista browser? You people must be browsing too many porn sites or don't know how to handle a damned crackz page correctly... that you blame Microsoft for it. You confuse I too, why are you bashing IE if you use it to browse those websites that don't work with Firefox... do you ever do the opposite? Use Firefox to browse websites IE doesn't work with? I only use Firefox when I am fixing a friends computer, they mess it up too much that I would even install Netscape to get online in an emergency. Firefox is great, don't get I wrong. I love Internet Explorer!

Posted by: Amado Castaneda | August 27, 2008 11:06 PM | Report abuse

The FireFaux propaganda here is nausiating to say the least...

Firefox is more secure? That OPINION may be shared by closed minded open source weirdos, but those of us that have to work in business enterprise networks know differently, and alternate browsers have been on the enterprise security "NO" list from day one because they ARE open source.

Don't blame your problems on IE - a browser that was designed for the masses, and one which despite your narrowly held OPINIONS renders the majority of websites more correctly and securely than FF, opera or apple. Web designers design for IE, then maybe try to make sure it works on FF- not the other way around.

I'm sure glad you people don't work in any fortune 500 IT departments... Go back to your mushroom farms, macintrashes and toybox linux machines.

Posted by: sobstory | August 27, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

To Sobstory:

I wasn't making a recommendation for FireFox to people working in Fortune 500 companies on their networks, or to those companies or their IT departments.

My Firefox recommendation was for home computer users. I should clarify.

If you are using a computer at work at a Fortune 500 company, you have a large IT department managing everything and protecting you from threats. So sure, if your IT department standardizes on IE, use it, you'll be safe.

If you are at home and connecting to the Internet through your own service provider (and not VPN to your Fortune 500 employer's network) then I recommend that you avoid IE at all costs. You do not have an IT department looking after your computer. Drive-by downloads through IE can easily circumvent most commercial anti-virus software. I've seen it many times.
Therefore FireFox is a much better choice for home users.

Better yet, home users should avoid Windows and go with Linux or Mac OS X. But if you are not willing to do that, at least don't use IE on Windows.

There are too many zombies and botnets on the Internet, and all of them are running Windows, most of them are in homes, and most of them are owned by people who have no clue about security. This is bad for everybody. So it would be better if people who have no IT department protecting their computer would stay away from Windows altogether, or at the very least stay away from IE.

Posted by: Wheat Williams | August 27, 2008 11:36 PM | Report abuse

And I'm sorry for my part in taking this discussion so far off track from the subject of the original article. I know a thread on IE and security would be better undertaken elsewhere.

Posted by: Wheat Williams | August 27, 2008 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Explorer = bloated mess. And @bob - go ahead, miss the open source train...you'll always be years behind. The only reason people still use explorer is out of (bad) habit

many ways...
...to end your misery.

Posted by: Omniscient D | August 27, 2008 11:56 PM | Report abuse

sobstory:

Our company who was inexplicably biased against FireFox is not telling anyone to download it because IE is screwing around with people's stuff and they finally accepted it's limitations... And we're a pretty successful company not a 2 people mom and pop shop...

Anyway, I honestly don't know why anyone would download a βετα (sorry had to use my Greek keyboard for a Greek word) version of something Microsoft has built... Aren't the problems and headaches they give us on supposed "finalized" stuff enough for everyone???

Posted by: Nick | August 27, 2008 11:57 PM | Report abuse

Lets all do our part to keep steering the web towards more openness - not less.
So - stay away from it.

Posted by: nolockin | August 27, 2008 11:59 PM | Report abuse

I realize that it is expected for Microsoft to try and compete with the ever increasing power and popularity of the technologically superior browser FireFox, especially now that FireFox 3 is available. However it is also apparent with people who are Internet savvy, that products produced by Microsoft are inherently untrustworthy for the simple reason that they are closed source by design... and that the goal of Microsoft is not compatibility with internet standards but the subversion of those world standards. It is what they do, and now most educated people see it, in the world of 2008 few resourceful people trust Microsoft anymore.
We moved off of Microsoft products, in fact the entire platform of anything from them about 12 years ago, Our entire company is pure Debian Linux platform based and we use mostly FireFox or variations of it. The point being, especially now on the Internet, Microsoft is irrelevant... Using a Microsoft based operating system on a ubiquitous PC computer is not the same as using the internet. Which by design the Internet is open source and the only reason of Microsoft's browsers numeric market share is only and strictly due to its embedded aspect in their Operating System.
Microsoft is not strong relative to search engines like the open source (Linux based) Google or the fact that their server systems are in decline all over the world. It is not expected for Microsoft to completely go under but as their failure with "Vista" to be competitive with even their own past, now ancient Windows XP (2001) is so obvious as to prompt Microsoft to try and *force* people to use Vista by forcing vendors to not allow XP to be sold anymore. Well anyway.. as long as IE8 does not cause actual damage to the internet, then the only question remains is how long will its users carry on before they discover that Microsoft's IE gets all of its ideas from FireFox and other better browsers that are here now. and they run well on Microsoft's platform, Windows, as well as the technically superior alternative platforms such as Linux, for which it was originally made for as an open source project of outstanding quality.

Posted by: Cyfaill | August 28, 2008 12:12 AM | Report abuse

I am sure that soon enough IE8 will be a "critical update" for Windows users.

But as long as it is so integrated into the Win OS I will avoid using it.

And of course it will always be a Windows only product.


Posted by: ceebee | August 28, 2008 12:56 AM | Report abuse

Ever noticed how any tech article's comment page invariably features at least one post ranting about how superior a competing product is?

Posted by: AK | August 28, 2008 1:14 AM | Report abuse

IE 7 and live one care has been working good for me

I am not smart enough to be microsoft hater

so I guess I am just a stupid fool

Posted by: bill | August 28, 2008 1:37 AM | Report abuse

As a Microsoft Partner here is an email i received today:

“Upon initial release, browsing in default Internet Explorer 8 Standards mode may cause content written for previous versions of Internet Explorer to display differently than intended. To enable existing content to display as expected, Microsoft is providing a compatibility tag that you can add to sites that might be affected. This tag instructs Internet Explorer 8 to display site content as if it were in Internet Explorer 7. This option helps ensure that existing content will continue to display seamlessly in Internet Explorer 8 without requiring any additional code changes.”

“Update your site and your customers’ sites by using the Internet Explorer 7 compatibility tag. Follow the step-by-step instructions in the compatibility knowledge base article.”

“Advise your customers of this issue and the Internet Explorer 7 compatibility tag solution.”

Sounds like Microsoft screwed up again and now we all have to pay for it!!!

http://blueleafgraphics.wordpress.com/

Posted by: Jessica | August 28, 2008 1:55 AM | Report abuse

Okay, so today I get an email from Microsoft letting me know that they are coming out with yet another version of Internet Explorer - #8. Not only did they tell me they were coming out with another one, they also told explained that I am to go through all of my clients sites and:

“Update your site and your customers’ sites by using the Internet Explorer 7 compatibility tag. Follow the step-by-step instructions in the compatibility knowledge base article.”

“Advise your customers of this issue and the Internet Explorer 7 compatibility tag solution.”

Because:

“Upon initial release, browsing in default Internet Explorer 8 Standards mode may cause content written for previous versions of Internet Explorer to display differently than intended. To enable existing content to display as expected, Microsoft is providing a compatibility tag that you can add to sites that might be affected. This tag instructs Internet Explorer 8 to display site content as if it were in Internet Explorer 7. This option helps ensure that existing content will continue to display seamlessly in Internet Explorer 8 without requiring any additional code changes.”

Once again I am totally disappointed - shame on your Microsoft!!

Posted by: Jessica | August 28, 2008 1:57 AM | Report abuse

Thank you, Microsoft, for answering our prayers!!

Now that the newest version of Internet Explorer features a "porn mode," I, like every single user who stands up for and takes up the fight to defend the Microsoft brand/name, am very excited (no pun intended) about installing Internet Explorer 8 in my brand new $10,000 computer, which I had to buy on credit (like everyone else) in order to run Windows Vista until 2010.

As a long time Internet Explorer user, and proud Microsoft fanboy (Peace out, Bill Gates, Steven Ballmer, and everyone else at Microsoft!!), I am happy that finally Microsoft dropped the silly facade of being a technology innovator, and decide instead to catch up to its competition by copying all the cool features all those other better browsers have sported for a very long time now. I do hope, however, that while Microsoft is playing the catch up game, it does not part with all the great features that make Internet Explorer the greatest browser ever created.

I just LOVE all those great features proprietary to Internet Explorer, such as the constant need to download a plethora of patches on a weekly basis (and if lucky, twice a week) in order to make surfing the internet safe from one week to the next. Then, there is Internet Explorer's web-surfing-speed feature which takes me back to the good-ol' days of dial-up each and every time I surf the internet--even while I am paying a high premium for the fastest internet speed available to me as a consumer. And let's not forget the coolest feature of them all, the one that makes Internet Explorer unable (or perhaps unwilling) to render CSS correctly, making website look really silly and funny--I always get a big kick out of that one! While on the subject, I must say how very proud I am of Microsoft's reluctance to comply with the W3C standards, because it takes true leadership to snub all those folks that keep clamoring for web standardization in order to improve the web-surfing experience for the entire internet community. (Yeah, Microsoft, you stand strong and show them what a big, stubborn bully you are!)

So to all you Microsoft haters I have this to say:

You can keep your faster, better-looking browsers with all your cool, useful features, and superior security. I for one will continue to support Microsoft's Internet Explorer and all their other bloated, subpar products--regardless of what you computer savvy people have to say--just so that Bill Gates can sleep peacefully at night not having to worry about going broke ever in his life.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go reformat my new computer's hard drive and reinstall the operating system for the hundredth time in order to exterminate another damned new malware that just took control of Windows Vista...

Posted by: Bill Jr. | August 28, 2008 5:53 AM | Report abuse

Installed IE8 on XP. Hangs and crashes (I later found this was a conflict with google taskbar), but I could not uninstall, system restore, or reinstall IE7. So now I am stuck with it. It's nice, but does not open gmail. I doubt it was intentional by MS, but if it was it is short sighted because I will open my email now with firefox rather than with whichever window I'm using, and since I check email constantly, I will now be less likely to open explorer. HOpe they fix this soon.

Posted by: retroworks | August 28, 2008 7:26 AM | Report abuse

I don't see any difference with any of these browsers, get a life

Posted by: Paul | August 28, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Retroworks,I to have installed but got a warning to install google update which it did,and I ran with no problems,in fact it seemed as fast as Foxy 3,and with most of the features,the previous beta being unusable,but as every one keeps saying about the security issues will stick with Foxy.

Posted by: Maurice | August 28, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

I downloaded the IE 2 yesterday.....I like the color coding of two similar tabs......comparing to IE 7 I just feel IE 8 is better....and I use firefox too and do not say it's the most perfect browser....it crashed/s on my system so many times...the reason I use it....the alternatives or even worse....

Posted by: Sri | August 28, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

I have become a TV-on-the-WEB addict, I have 3mbps AT&T service, and find that all of the programming from the major channels runs fine (with an occasional stall if I am also downloading, or doing archiving to a DVD) on my Laptop.

Wonder if this author has actually tried out the on-line TV services that he is writing about.

Posted by: wmartin46 | August 28, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

I thought I'd wait a little longer before installing IE8. As a web designer, the traffic figures for my sites (B2B sites for bankers) are still running ~50% IE6, ~10% FF, and ~35% IE7. Not sure why, since 90% of our users are on Win XP, meaning IE7 is an option. In any event, based on those figures, I doubt IE8 will be very widely adopted when it comes out.

I saw Microsoft's alarming warning yesterday, but I figure they are covering their asses after all the trouble they had with IE7, where a sudden change of the box model (to match W3C standards) threw a lot of sites out of whack. I doubt IE8 will be as troublesome, but the ability to force IE7 emulation is, at the very least, a helpful way out if there is trouble.

Finally, as to sobstory's assertion that web designers design for IE first... really? Not in my experience. I, and other designers I know, start with FF, and then add fixes to work in IE. With IE still the dominant browser, you might ask why -- the answer is that FF's tools make troubleshooting significantly easier. Firebug has literally cut the time I spend troubleshooting by at least two thirds. In any event, any competent web designer will design for both IE and FF. No site should ever fail in one browser.

Posted by: Tony | August 28, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Check out MICROSOFT WARNS OF IE8 LOCK-IN in the SciTech section of today's (8/28 Thur) GOOGLE News. -Ric C.

Posted by: Ric C. | August 28, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

No offense to RP, who is a Mensch, but I knew the best part of this blogpost would be the commenters flaming and trashing IE. The day I installed Firefox felt like taking a target off my back!

Posted by: Kfritz | August 30, 2008 3:36 AM | Report abuse

Just installed IE 8 beta 2. Major no-gos for me: very slow opening a new window or even a tab; starts a separate 25MB IE process for every page link I click from in an external application; opens new links either in a new window or overwriting an already open tab, neither of which is the requested behavior of opening in a new tab. Sheesh, how hard is this? Back to Firefox. (Trying IE 8 because Firefox 3.x uses a lot of CPU when I open dozens of tabs even after the tabs are opened.)

Posted by: heavyIon | August 31, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

IE8 forced itself onto my computer, using XP automatic updates. However, just like IE7 it refused to actually download and function. If Microsoft can't even get Explorer to work how much confidence can we have in their other programs?

Posted by: Ian | August 31, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

I noticed the article mentioned Vista Home Premium and Toshiba laptop. My laptop arrived the other day. Although, I have yet to use IE 8, I've found Firefox simpler, more polished and more responsive than IE. Right now, I'm just so disappointed with how slow Vista is on my Toshiba system even though the PC has 4Ghz memory and 2ghz dual core processors. Could we get reviews and recommendations for Operating systems along with web browsers?

Thanks

P.S. Somebody please help me speed up and fix Vista!

Posted by: Nick R | August 31, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

FOR THOSE CONCERNED ABOUT ALEXA IN IE SEE:


Is Alexa spyware?
Is Alexa spying from within IE? And what to do about it!
www.imilly.com/alexa.htm - 23k - Cached - Similar pages - Note this

Posted by: BRUCEREALTOR | September 1, 2008 2:17 AM | Report abuse

WHY DOES IT TAKE ABOUT 20 MINUTES TO INSTALL ANY IE PRODUCT ????

WHEN

FIREFOX

OPERA

SEAMONKEY

ALL INSTALL IN UNDER 2 MINUTES ??????

Posted by: BRUCEREALTOR | September 1, 2008 2:20 AM | Report abuse

My IE7 not only is slow but also hangs from time to time. I am forced to use Firefox.

Posted by: Mike Hsu | September 1, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

aa

Posted by: rinas | September 3, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Haven't tried IE8 on my XP pro machine, BUT I have been using Chrome for the last two days.....
Google has a winner.

Posted by: wtj | September 3, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

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