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Internet Explorer 8 Commercial

The new IE8 advertisement video tries to use your memories about the times when Firefox and Chrome didn't "walked" the Earth, times when "the internet had a phone number" (dial-up) to make you go back to Internet Explorer:

Shareaholic Announces Support for Internet Explorer 8

shareaholic IE8Shareaholic one of the greatest Firefox addons (for people using social sharing services) announces that it will support Internet Explorer 8:

Similar to our Firefox add-on, Shareaholic Accelerator for IE8 enables you to quickly, and very easily share, bookmark, and e-mail web pages via a wide array of your favorite web 2.0 social networking, bookmarking, blogging, and e-mail services from Internet Explorer 8.

Right-click anywhere on a page to call up the accelerator and you've got instant access to popular sharing options like Digg, Delicious, Facebook, StumbleUpon, Twitter, and Yahoo Buzz. The email option is equipped to send via GMail, your default desktop mail app, or Buzzster. Clicking the related link will send you to OneRiot to see who else is talking about the page.

Jay from Shareaholic shared a few words about the development process, saying:

"It was quite easy to develop for IE8. Took us less than a week to go from nothing developed to keynote ready [and the] Ie8 team was great to work with. In the past developers have tended to stay away from IE because of the complexity involved with creating addons for it. Accelerators in IE8 make it much easier."

Shareaholic Accelerator is now also available at the official IE8 Addons Directory!

Internet Explorer 8 Final, Released

ie8Microsoft has announced the availability of final version of Internet Explorer (IE) 8 which includes lots of improvements and is also considered as one of the fastest browsers. It can be downloaded in 25 languages at IE8 website starting at noon EDT on March 19. Internet Explorer 8 is easier to use, faster and offers leading-edge security features in direct response to people’s increasing concerns about online safety.

“Customers have made clear what they want in a Web browser — safety, speed and greater ease of use,” said Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft. “With Internet Explorer 8, we are delivering a browser that gets people to the information they need, fast, and provides protection that no other browser can match.”

Some of the features of new version of IE:

  • Smart Address Bar
  • Group similar tabs
  • Redesigned “New Tab” Page
  • Reopen Last Browsing Session
  • Enhanced Find On Page
  • Result count and Result highlighting
  • Accelerators and Web slices
  • InPrivate Browsing.
  • Crash recovery
  • Provate browsing
  • Instant search / Visual search suggestions
  • Improved history and favorites management

Internet Explorer 8 RTW

IE8Internet Explorer 8 RTW is going to be released in the week of March 16, 2009. RTW stands for "release to web", a reference Microsoft uses for software made available only on the web, the equivalent of RTM (release to manufacturing) for desktop products. IE8 will not just be going live on the Download Center, but also localized versions on Windows Update, Microsoft Update and Automatic Updates will be released.

It is believed IE8 will be available for download at MIX09, its web-centric conference, which is scheduled to take place between March 18-20 in Las Vegas., but Microsoft has yet to confirm.