Logic’s Last Stand

August 29, 2008

Internet Explorer 8 BETA 2 Released

Filed under: Computers — Tags: , , , , , , — Zurahn @ 11:19 pm

The second BETA version of Internet Explorer 8 has been released. If you recall my experience with BETA 1, you’ll note that it was slow and a standards failure.

Stunningly enough, BETA 2 is actually a huge improvement. After a remarkable 11 years, IE8 BETA 2 finally properly renders that 11 year-old standards test for inline padding.

The bizarre random hang-ups from IE7 and BETA 1 where the entire would just lag completely out are now resolved. Also important is the big improvement on JavaScript performance, now reasonably similar to the competition to be tolerable.

The developer tools are further improved and are now very nice. Features are extended, including a new private browser option, which is basically a quick way to block cookies to keep your browsing completely within the browser itself and not appear anywhere on the harddrive.

Accelerators are new extensions that allow you to quickly reference content in other sites, such as highlighting a word and choosing the accelerator to find the Wikipedia entry on it.

This blog would not be complete, though, without my continued problems with the browser. While IE8 has finally fixed the inline padding glitch, it still doesn’t fair to well at the Acid3 test:

While browsing is faster and JavaScript improved, the HTML draw speed is still sluggish. When scrolling, the page can’t keep up. Customization remains an ugly amalgamation of add-ons and Internet options and ultimately little in terms of usability to personalize.

It’s not a reason for Firefox or Opera users to jump ship, but it at least puts IE back on the radar. All things considered, BETA or not, every stubborn IE user should absolutely upgrade. Internet Explorer 8 BETA 2 is the biggest improvement in IE since IE5.


1 Comment »

  1. […] Internet Explorer 8 BETA 2 Released […]

    Pingback by The Google Web Browser is Released « Logic’s Last Stand — September 2, 2008 @ 9:32 pm

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