Last week, at the MIX conference in Las Vegas, the Internet Explorer team made several announcements regarding IE8, the first of which was that a
(emphasis on the
) is now available. You can download the beta from the
IE8 Beta Site
. The beta is available today for Windows Vista (“Gold” and SP1), Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003 SP2, and Windows XP SP2 and SP3, both in 32- and 64-bit versions. We will release the developer beta in German, and Simplified Chinese shortly.
There were seven other developer-oriented areas of discussion that were covered at MIX by the IE Team. For those of you not familiar with the MIX conference, MIX is an opportunity for technical, creative and business strategists to engage Microsoft in a conversation about the future of the web. You can find out more about MIX '08 by clicking on the MIX logo on the right, including viewing the MIX sessions and keynotes. So what were the seven developer-focused areas?
Our goal is to deliver complete, full CSS 2.1 support in the final IE8 product
Microsoft has contributed over 700 test cases to the W3C CSS working group
Delivery of better scripting performance
Support for HTML5
Delivery of the first installment of built-in developer tools
A better way for Web Services to integrate into the user's workflow
A better way for Web Services to enable their users to keep an eye on interesting parts of a web page within the browser with "WebSlices"
The items above do not represent everything that will be in the final product by any means. The folks over at the
are going to be keeping us all up to date with what is going on the IE8 world. However, here are some quick tidbits:
So what are WebSlices? WebSlices allow you to subscribe to a portion of a web page to get updates and view the changes without having to go back to the site. If a web site supports WebSlice, you will see a new icon in the IE Command Bar:
Clicking on the button adds the WebSlice to the Favorites bar. IE then checks for updates on a schedule. When IE finds an update, the item on the Favorites bar bolds. You can click on the item to view the details. eBay has an IE8 site up and running (
), and you can also try out WebSlices on