Internet Explorer 8 is now released and available for download! This is a faster browser than previous versions and as an end user you get some new cool features like Accelerators, Web Slices and InPrivate Browsing.
With Accelerators you can highlight a word and by right clicking you can chose from a menu of things to do with the highlighted text. If you highlight a city you can map it, do a search on it or look it up on Wikipedia. You find tons of Accelerators on the Add-ons Gallery. I found one that translates English words into Swedish, wonderful!
Web Slices helps you keep up to date on things like news, weather reports or maybe what’s showing at the movie theatre. By adding a Web Slice in your tool bar, you can in one click see the latest entries on a web page without going there. In some cases it’s very much like RSS feeds, especially for news but one example is eBay, where you can keep track on a specific auction and what bids come in. See a list of Web Slices here or look for this green icon when you visit web pages.
When you open up a new tab you can click InPrivate Browsing. IE8 will then start a new browser session that won't record any information, including searches and history.
That was a few reasons for using IE8, download it now if you’re running Windows XP or Windows Vista. If you’re running Windows 7 Beta you have to wait for an update from Windows Update.
You also have to view this funny video about The History of Internet, do you remember the Hamster Dance?