Microsoft demonstrated the latest incarnation of Internet Explorer at the MIX08 conference yesterday, and then promptly surprised the audience by announcing it’s ready for immediate download.
The demo showed off some of its new features. As we reported, it’s web standards-compliant by default.
There’s automatic crash recovery, an improved phishing filter, and a new Favourites Bar.
It also gives a serious hat-tip to some of Microsoft’s latest friends. Facebook users can get status updates directly in the IE8 browser toolbar, while WebSlices is a feature that allows users to subscribe to bits of a page and then track their updates without having to visit the original page. There’s also integration with Live Maps and Me.dium.
Windows users can go and download the beta now from Microsoft — let us know what you think.
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