HOME TECH TRENDS ONLINE SAFETY SOCIAL NETWORKING APP COLLECTIONS HOW-TO THE ONLINE MOM BLOG ARCHIVE EN ESPAÑOL
Technology A-Z
 
The Internet
 
Tech Hardware
 
Tech Software
 
Video Games
 
Protecting Your Children
 
FAQs
 
Getting Help
 
The Online Mom Network
 


Learn about The Online Mom Network
Join The Online Mom Network
How Do I Become An Online Mom?


The Online Mom provides internet technology advice and information to help parents protect their kids, encourage responsible behavior and safely harness the power of technology in the new digital world. Social networking, photo sharing, video games, IM & texting, internet security, cyberbullying, educational resources, the latest on tech hardware, gadgets and software for kids 3-8, tweens and teens, and more.

Internet Explorer 8

Last week Microsoft released Internet Explorer 8, the latest iteration of its dominant Internet browser. While most features were already known about IE 8 (there had been three previous beta releases, the last one just a couple of months ago in January), it was still eagerly anticipated and was met with much fanfare in the technology press.

For the most part, reviews have been very positive. Most commentators clearly believe that IE8 puts Microsoft ahead of the competition, particularly Mozilla’s Firefox 3, which continues to attract support and has carved out a small but significant market share.

So, without getting into too many technical details, here are some basic features of IE8 and The Online Mom’s take on where you will see immediate improvements over the previous version.

  • IE8 is only available for Vista and Windows XP. If you are using the beta version of Windows 7, you will have to wait for a separate update or, more likely, until Windows 7 is in public release.
  • Download is free. Just go to www.microsoft.com/ie8 or Microsoft’s Download Center. Installation only takes 5–10 minutes depending on the speed of your processor. You will need to close out other applications and re-start your computer to complete the installation.
  • If you are currently using IE7, IE8 is fast. Page load times are noticeably quicker. Microsoft also claims that it is up to 50% faster than “other top browsers” but that claim has met with some skepticism by the trade reviewers.
  • If you work with multiple pages open at the same time, you will definitely appreciate the new tab handling. If you open a new tab from an existing page, then those tabs are grouped together and color coded, making it far easier to move around related pages. Previously, tabs were located strictly in the order they were opened. You can also drag tabs into an existing group and right-click on any tab to control its entire group.
  • Like Firefox and Google’s Chrome browser, the address bar of IE8 now operates like a search tool. Type in a term and IE will conduct a search using your default search engine. Start to type in any web address and IE8 will search your history and favorites and present a list of the most recently accessed pages.
  • The InPrivate Browsing feature (known in some quarters as "porn mode"), allows users to browse the Internet without leaving a trace of that particular session once the browser is closed out. That means that all cookies, temporary Internet files, browsing history, form information, user names and passwords all vanish when the session ends.
  • Other security features include InPrivate Filtering, which is designed to prevent Web sites from sharing information about your browsing habits without your knowledge, and a SmartScreen filter, which warns you when you are about to enter a site known to harbor “malware”.
  • If  you regularly visit sites that were designed to operate with IE7, no worries – IE8 has Compatability View, which basically tells the site that you’re running IE7 and presents results as if you were actually using that version.
  • IE8 also has built-in applications called Accelerators and Web Slices. Both these features grab additional information from other web pages and services without the user having to vist them. A typical Accelerator could be the application of Live Maps, where you highlight an address and a pop-up will display the location. Web Slices can show changing data like stock quotes or sports scores, without having to keep a separate page open.

All in all, most reviewers suggest that if you are currently running IE7, upgrading to IE8 is a no-brainer. The real question is: does it do enough to persuade defectors to Firefox and other browsers to switch back to IE? Here the response is less certain, but IE8 clearly puts Microsft back in charge of the browser wars….for now.  



Thank you for submitting your comment. Your comment will appear on the site after it has been reviewed by site moderators!
Post a Comment:
Name:
Email:
Comments (max 500 characters):

Permalink | Print | Email

Share this article!
Partner with Online Mom Media
Online Mom Media specializes in building powerful communities of influencers! [read on]
Special Twitter Event
Join @theonlinemom this Thursday at 9pm ET as we introduce Thrively, a fun and interactive family web site! #Thrively
[read on]
Join the BUZZ!
Join @theonlinemom and friends this Friday at 12 noon PT as we look at Simplifying Mobile Tech. Great prizes! #VZWBuzz [read on]
The Online Mom Blog
Connecting Your Mobile Lifestyle
[read on]
Cómo encontrar en línea las mejores ofertas
Visite La Online Mom en Español! [read on]
Stacey Ross on The Online Mom
Catch up on the digital lifestyle with Stacey Ross!
[read on]
PlayStation 4 vs. Xbox One: Parental Controls
Which of the new gaming consoles offers better parental supervision? [read on]
How To Make the Most of Those Daily Deals
Take a closer look at those daily deals to make sure you're getting a bargain!
[read on]
Watch Out! Your Wristband Is Tracking You…
New ways to monitor two of the most important elements that factor into our overall health: exercise and sleep [read on]
How To Beat Spam with Disposable E-Mail Addresses
There's an alternative to giving out your online information (or turning into a digital recluse): the disposable e-mail!
[read on]
Managing Your Online Reputation
There are some simple steps we can take to safeguard our online reputations [read on]
7 Apps for Finding Stuff Online
Loking to buy and sell online? Your smartphone can help!
[read on]
How to Manage Your Cell Phone Bill
Don't be overwhelmed by that cell phone bill. We offer 7 tips that can help [read on]
7 Social Networking Tips for Graduates
About to graduate? It's time to clean up those social networking accounts!
[read on]
The Best Apps for Staying in Shape
10 great apps for turning your smartphone or tablet into your workout buddy! [read on]
7 Steps to Smartphone Safety
Buying that first smartphone for your child? Make safety a top priority!
[read on]
10 Essential Apps for the Busy Mom
Turn your smartphone into your very own personal assistant! [read on]
Tweens and Facebook:
Do you think children under the age of 13 should be allowed on Facebook?

Yes
No
Not Sure




© 2011 the online mom, all rights reserved | site map ABOUT     MEET THE TEAM     CONTACT US     ADVERTISE     PRESS     PRIVACY     LEGAL
As you may have guessed, it is made of titanium and some stainless steel¡ªthe case is titanium and the rolex replica sale is stainless steel. The dial is brown, the watch hands are silver-toned, and there is a date window at the four o¡¯clock position. The sapphire case protects the breitling replica sale from water damage up to 30 meters. Synergy means cooperative action. This replica watches uk combines the best of the old and the new to deliver something uniquely modern. All of the classic elements are there. It has the sleek and stylish dial of the replica watches uk, the concave dot at the 12 o¡¯clock hour, and the Swiss quartz movement. But the Sapphire Synergy has something few breitling replica sale offer, a rubber wristband. Why rubber? Well, it¡¯s not a sport rolex replica sale, so using it outdoors is out of the question. But the informal band gives it a more casual look and feel, which can be quite appealing to the modern male.