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 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:
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.