A few days ago I decided to, once again, give Internet Explorer 8 a try. I thought it might work better on a fresh system. Fortunately, it has. So far, nothing goofy has befallen my system. Web pages seem to render properly and, overall, the browser seems fairly solid.
Since I have been using Windows 7 for a bit now, I was already used to IE 8’s features. The in-private browsing works, though I don’t really get why it is needed. I, know, to cover up ones tracks. Whatever. The colored tabs are far more useful. It helps me keep track of what tabs are related. Why is this important? Well, I tend to forget my ‘trail’, so to speak. Having same colored tabs at least helps me keep up with my thought train.
Web slices, a potentially cool feature, are, so far, useless. I have not seen any sites that use them. The accelerators are handy.
So far, as I said, I’ve not run into any compatibility issues. But, then again, I have not really looked for any. Since NO site is 100% compliant and NO browser is 100% compliant with everything else, how would I know anyway? I’m used to things not looking right in Firefox, Safari, Chrome and, of course, IE. I think the whole ‘standards compliant’ bit is a load of crap anyway. As long no browser is 100% standards compliant AND the whole bloody internet is not compliant, it is just marketing talk anyway.
All in all, IE 8 is better than the betas and at least as good as IE 7. I cannot say it is the best browser out there, but it is far from the worst. It beats Chrome, is as decent as Firefox…no, it’s better. Microsoft needs to keep an eye on the competition though. Apple and Mozilla are nipping away at them. There are a lot of people who are convinced that Chrome is the better of all them all. I really just don’t understand that. While the latest version is better than that first horrid release, it still has quite a way to go. IE 8 is a good start for Microsoft.