Microsoft Releases Internet Explorer 8 Web Browser

Microsoft has released the next version of its Internet Explorer 8 Web browser which serves as a release candidate before the product launch. IE8 contains Internet security upgrades and new enhancements for Web browsing.

Microsoft Corp has released the next version of its Internet Explorer 8 Web browser which serves as a release candidate before the product launch. IE8 is released as a post-beta and contains Internet security upgrades. The Internet Web browser also contains some of the security enhancements and features in Mozilla Corp Firefox and Google Inc Chrome.

“IE8 is focused on how people really use the web,” Microsoft’s IE General Manager Dean Hachamovitch said in a statement.

Internet Explorer 8 should not be installed to replace your current Internet Web browser. It is highly recommended to download IE8 for testing purposes only as it’s only a post-beta release. IE8 is a “release candidate” which is used for testing before the final version is announced later this year.

“Consumers want a browser that makes the tasks they do every day faster and easier. The activities people spend their time on define real-world performance: navigating to websites, working with tabs, searching, keeping track of changing information, and using the information from one site with another,” Hachamovitch said.

IE8 contains a lot of whistles and bells that most people might not even use. Some Internet users have requested a way to disable some of the extra features, so they don’t load when launching the application. However, the browser has added security that can be used across network administration policies.

“Everyone wants a trustworthy browser that keeps them in control and protects their safety … For some people, accessibility is crucial; for some organizations, policy, administration, and deployment are essential,” Hachamovitch said.

Most desktop PC users prefer Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome while Mac users prefer Safari. Firefox is growing in popularity and people who use Google Chrome like it because it’s a light-weight browser without all the whistles and bells.

Recent Web reports show that Firefox is gaining market share each month since October 2008. While Microsoft IE is losing market share, it is still the dominate Web browser on the Internet.

Firefox users prefer Mozilla’s platform because of the support and ability to install plug-ins. The plug-ins allow Internet users to only install features they want. Firefox plug-ins are growing at a rapid rate offering everything from automated proxy detection to grammar and spell checking.

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