The First Look
I received an e-mail from Yahoo inviting me to download the new Internet Explorer 8.
You can download IE8 from yahoo @ http://downloads.yahoo.com/ieak8/?l=us
Or from Microsoft: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/
Internet Explorer 8 was first released to the public in March 18th, 2009. Microsoft states the public should download and install it, because IE8 gives the public better security and browser choices.
IE 8 also touts improved Tabs and Address Bar. TABS (Microsoft's version for a new window) is the biggest improvement. Many new toys here to play with. The Address Bar is completely re-done. It also operates as an all-in-one search tool.
Microsoft also added Accelerators and Web Slices which allow you to get information from web pages and services without having to visit them. (NOTE: Google Gears and Live Maps may interfere with normal operations)
New Security and Privacy Features. The newest thing to hit the Internet is the InPrivate Browsing. Turn this feature on and all traces of your browsing session vanish when you close. No cookies, temporary Internet Files, Browsing History, form information or user names and passwords.
Improved Search Bar. Once you type in a search term, you are shown a "preview" of the results from several different search engines.
Compatibility View. Many sites were built for IE7 and may not run properly with IE8, so IE8 has a Compatibility View that's designed to essentially trick a site into believing that you're running IE7.
Upgrading to IE8 from IE7 is a no-brainer -- the newest version of the browser makes browsing and searching much easier, has productivity-boosting features, is safer, and provides an overall superior experience. If you don't feel comfortable, then wait awhile. But sooner or later, you will upgrade.
OK, so lets download it and install it.
I downloaded IE8 which is optimized for Yahoo. It's your choice which IE 8 you download. They also have a MSN flavor.
After clicking the yellow download button, I was presented with this window:
I Clicked on RUN, which starts the download of IE 8
Once it downloaded, it ask you for permission to RUN the installation
After clicking on RUN, the program will start to Extract all the files from a temporary location
I chose to help improve. This is your choice. Helping or not helping
You must agree to the license
Obviously, you should get the latest updates
As IE 8 is installing all the components, you can view the progress
After installation is complete you should restart your computer
After you computer restarts, re-open IE 8 to complete the configurations
I like this feature, so I turned it on
Only the comfortably geek would choose custom, so choose express
Again, this is a no brainer
If you like living life on the edge, I dare you to turn off SmartScreen! (you will be calling me soon)
Again, do the update thing
IE 8 is now installed and ready for you to play
Now that you have IE 8 installed, you really should take a tour of it to learn about all of it's features. Go here to do just that: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/tour/default.aspx