I wrote this to express my thumbs up for the newest version of IE. Today I was working in HTML without previously saving my progress, with about 3 tabs open. I opened another tab to submit a photo and the tab crashed because the folder that I opened has too many photos. That led to the crash of the entire IE.
I was expecting to find my whole HTML page destroyed, but the explorer re-opened immediately and NO DATA was lost. If I closed my eyes for 2 seconds and opened them, I wouldn't have figured out that my explorer crashed. I know this is old news for geeks but it made me smile. So I continued my job as if nothing ever crashed.
- Automatic Tab crash recovery - awesome feature about which I just talked.
- InPrivate browsing - "InPrivate Browsing in Internet Explorer 8 helps prevent your browsing history, temporary Internet files, form data, cookies, and usernames and passwords from being retained by the browser, leaving no evidence of your browsing or search history. InPrivate Filtering provides users an added level of control and choice about the information that third party websites can potentially use to track browsing activity. InPrivate Subscriptions allow you to augment the capability of InPrivate Blocking by subscribing to lists of websites to block or allow." [wikipedia] That is another very useful feature. I should actually use it more often. :D
- Suggested Sites - so much easier to access the latest sites.
Deleting URLs from the address bar. I always wondered when they were going to add this.
Also the whole coloring of tabs based on category is both useful and fun.
IE8 made a happy geek out of me.