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Internet Explorer 8 Final, Ready for Download

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In recent times, Microsoft’s ubiquitous Internet Explorer has fallen behind.

Even with it being the default browser shipped on most of the world’s computers, Internet Explorer was losing ground to Mozilla’s Firefox, Apple’s Safari, and even Google’s Chrome.

The reason for IE’s slip was simple, and that’s because it was lagging behind the competition. Microsoft set out to bring back IE with a vengeance, and today’s the day of the official release of Internet Explorer 8.

"Customers have made clear what they want in a Web browser -- safety, speed and greater ease of use," said Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft. "With Internet Explorer 8, we are delivering a browser that gets people to the information they need, fast, and provides protection that no other browser can match."

Early feedback from users of the IE8 beta and RC, as well as Windows 7 testers, is positive. Being that security is one of the top concerns amongst internet users, Microsoft boasts that a study released today by NSS Labs indicates that Internet Explorer 8 blocks two to four times as many malicious sites as other browsers on the market today.

Microsoft is pushing that its browser now among the fastest, saying that IE8 will beat top browsers in page load time on almost 50 percent of the 25 top comScore web sites. See a chart with speed comparisons here.

Internet Explorer 8 will be available for download here at noon EDT.

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    bornking , March 19, 2009 12:38 PM
    Remind me NOT to be the first to try this!
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    jonpaul37 , March 19, 2009 12:50 PM
    HAHA! Firefox loads Microsoft.com faster than IE8!!!
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    Anonymous , March 19, 2009 1:06 PM
    And IE8 loads Mozilla.com faster than firefox. :>
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    Anonymous , March 19, 2009 1:21 PM
    No comparison with Safari?
    Anyway, the reason many people not liking IE is not the loading speed, it's much more because of the security holes causing trouble the in the past.
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    theuerkorn , March 19, 2009 1:40 PM
    Oddly enough IE8 loads Mozilla.com faster while Firefox loads microsoft.com faster. Overall load speed difference is insignificant in daily use. For me it's the usability that makes a difference.

    Either way, I will load IE8 for development puroses but still keep Firefox as the browser to use. I am sure Windows 7 will give IE8 a boost, but many Firefox converts will just as quickly load FF onto any new system.
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    Tindytim , March 19, 2009 1:40 PM
    bravuraNo comparison with Safari?Anyway, the reason many people not liking IE is not the loading speed, it's much more because of the security holes causing trouble the in the past.

    The reason it has more security problems isn't necessarily because of security holes, it's because of it's marketshare.
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    matt_b , March 19, 2009 1:40 PM
    bravuraNo comparison with Safari?Anyway, the reason many people not liking IE is not the loading speed, it's much more because of the security holes causing trouble the in the past.

    Don't forget the tight integration it has inside Windows in the fist place.
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    average joe , March 19, 2009 1:41 PM
    Ive had IE 8 Beta for quite a while now and it drives me a little nuts. For the most part I use IE for all my tasks. Adobe SGI seems to only work with IE and not at all with firefox. I have alot of Monowall WRAPS out and about that I need to monitor the traffic graphs on. IE is the only browser that displays them properly. Anyways... IE 8 drives me nuts. You must be familiar with the yellow pop up bar in IE imagine having to use that for every web page with flash, active x, or any kind of script. It also crashes a lot. I installed it on XP before SP3 was installed so i could not remove it with some effort which is why its still installed.
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    SneakySnake , March 19, 2009 2:26 PM
    security isn't my top concern, its my anit-virus' top concern. Speed is what I care about and after messing around the IE8 beta I can confidently say that speed is what IE8 lacks
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    Anonymous , March 19, 2009 2:44 PM
    No security holes?
    -> (PWN2OWN 2009) -> http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Pwn2Own-CanSecWest-2009,7322.html#xtor=RSS-181

    Just like last year, Firefox was the last one hacked.
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    Tekkamanraiden , March 19, 2009 2:50 PM
    The web slice feature looks interesting.
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    wasteoftime , March 19, 2009 3:25 PM
    @bravura

    They probably didn't compare it with Safari because Safari has such a small user base.
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    Anonymous , March 19, 2009 3:46 PM
    -> http://marketshare.hitslink.com/report.aspx?qprid=0
    Safari 8%, Chrome 1%
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    ethaniel , March 19, 2009 4:34 PM
    Is Ballmer taking pills or something? Granted, IE8 is better than IE7, but I've made dozens of tests using Acid3 and SunSpider. IE8 always come last. And the memory usage is unacceptable. Bill, where are you...?
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    bounty , March 19, 2009 4:51 PM
    It states in the article that Miller tested his stuff before hand, I'm guessing the other hackers did the same. The order they applied the hacks they knew about isn't all that important. It's just a question of tweaking it to get it to work in a slightly different environment. It's not like they show up and go "hmmm I wonder if this might work." These programs were probably exploited weeks ago.

    The probably went in order of hardware they wanted, followed by prestige. Eveyone wants to see Safari hacked to spite mac users, followed by IE because eveyone wants to spit on MS.
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    jsloan , March 19, 2009 4:56 PM
    after reading about safari/osx 10 second hack, i wonder how long this new ie will take to be hacked... new release, new bugs and wholes to be found and exploited.
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    jsloan , March 19, 2009 5:00 PM
    ethanielIs Ballmer taking pills or something? Granted, IE8 is better than IE7, but I've made dozens of tests using Acid3 and SunSpider. IE8 always come last. And the memory usage is unacceptable. Bill, where are you...?


    looks like he's been drinking the coolaid. i've done some testing too and chrome's javascript is diffinitively much after than ie 8's and it's a bit sluggish, try opening a new tab and see how long it takes to create a new instance, wow! slow, mozilla takes less, why so slow, i guess all the security crap, that really doesn't work, see other posting on just how long it takes to hack browsers with tips found on google.
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    my_name_is_earl , March 19, 2009 5:06 PM
    Microsoft will be hack again and again because they hold the biggest share in browser war. I don't think I'm going to jump in the bandwagon anytime soon but I'll downloaded to test out my design website. Firefox is still my main because they patch more often than IE so in my opinion it's safer to stay away from IE. The less market share a browser has the less likely it to be hacked.
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    LightWeightX , March 19, 2009 5:18 PM
    I've been using IE 8 since the beta, they improved some things in the RC and I'm now using the released version. I like the new features.
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    jhansonxi , March 19, 2009 5:31 PM
    TindytimThe reason it has more security problems isn't necessarily because of security holes, it's because of it's marketshare.
    Not entirely true. IE is closed source while Firefox and Safari's WebCore engine are open source. In spite of the fact that any hacker can read the code for the latter two IE still has many more exploits.

    I would like to see some Opera exploit statistics just for comparison.
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