Download Internet Explorer 9 beta

Internet Explorer 9 has a streamlined design, fewer dialog boxes to click through, more intuitive navigation, and many new features that speed up your web browsing experience. Features like Pinned Sites let you pin your favorite website directly to the taskbar for one-click access. Other features, like hardware acceleration, deliver an all-around faster browsing experience. With Internet Explorer 9, websites perform and feel more like the programs you use every day on your PC.

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Compatibility and IE8

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In Dean’s recent Internet Explorer 8 and Acid2: A Milestone post, he highlighted our responsibility to deliver both interoperability (web pages working well across different browsers) and backwards compatibility (web pages working well across different versions of IE). We need to do both, so that IE8 continues to work with the billions of pages on the web today that already work in IE6 and IE7 but also makes the development of the next billion pages (in an interoperable way) much easier. Continuing Dean’s theme, I’d like to talk about some steps we are taking in IE8 to achieve these goals.

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Internet Explorer 8

Just as he was the first to talk about IE7, Bill Gates kept the tradition alive and discussed IE8 at the Mix ‘n Mash event here on campus yesterday. Bill was talking to some bloggers about IE.Next and called it IE8, the same way we do here in the IE team hallway.

So, yes, the version after IE7 is IE8. We looked at a lot of options for the product name. Among the names we considered and ruled out:

IE 7+1
IE VIII
IE 1000 (think binary)
IE Eight!
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IE for Web 2.0 (Service Pack 2)
IE Desktop Online Web Browser Live Professional Ultimate Edition for the Internet (the marketing team really pushed for this one 😉
Ie2.079 (we might still use this for the Math Major Edition)

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5 Easy Steps To Secure Internet Explorer

Most people will tell you not to worry about securing Internet Explorer and to just switch to Firefox. Unfortunately it’s not always that easy. In my case, I have users that must use Internet Explorer to access web sites that will not work in Firefox. Since they must use Internet Explorer for these sites, they also use it for the other sites they browse as well. Since some people cannot afford to give up IE, here are some easy steps you can take to make it more secure.

Step 1: This should be a given but this is a must before you do anything else. Make sure you have all of the latest Windows updates including Windows XP Service Pack 2. If you don’t have these, you will not have the latest security fixes from Microsoft and some of the settings that we need to change might not work correctly.

Step 2: One way to make IE more secure is to block known malicious web sites. To do this, we need to update the “Restricted Sites” in Internet Explorer so it will know which sites to block. Since there are thousands of known malicious sites, it would take too much time of time to enter all of them in manually. ZonedOut makes a great standalone freeware app that allows you to import site lists into Internet Explorer. Once you have downloaded ZonedOut you can download IE-SPYAD for ZonedOut, which consists of importable lists of known malicious web sites. To import these sites, open ZonedOut and click the menu button. From the menu, select Import/Export Sites and Import from File. Choose the ie-ads.txt file that you downloaded from IE-SPYAD and click open. You can also block known malicious adult sites by importing the adult.txt file from within the Adult folder.

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