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Posted by: corky100, March 6, 2008, 12:12am
The beta (version ) for Internet Explorer 8 is now available.

As with any Beta, install a your own risk, though it should work fine.

More info on the new features here
Posted by: davemings, March 6, 2008, 5:46pm; Reply: 1
Just loaded it. On first look it looks like IE7 :)

Will have a play.
Posted by: NeilT, March 6, 2008, 8:42pm; Reply: 2
This goofed up my system  :o But seems it was the Google toolbar.. I had to remove it, then put it back in.. and all seems OK now..
Posted by: corky100, March 6, 2008, 8:52pm; Reply: 3
New MSN toolbar using Silverlight out soon too. The Mix08 is bringing a lot of goodies to the public eye ;D
Posted by: NeilT, March 6, 2008, 10:51pm; Reply: 4
Its stable here... after the problems...  :B
Posted by: corky100, March 6, 2008, 11:10pm; Reply: 5
I actually can't install it on the Vista SP1 RC2 version...... ;D

I am though doing another reinstall over the weekend so I should hope fully be fine then.....
Posted by: davemings, March 7, 2008, 7:44am; Reply: 6
Just for info Corky it installed fine on my SP1 machine.
Posted by: corky100, March 7, 2008, 4:09pm; Reply: 7
It could be that its the beta SP. It just tells me politely that the version of Vista I have is unsupported.

Same old story. Should be OK once I reinstall at the weekend.  ;D
Posted by: davemings, April 1, 2008, 3:33pm; Reply: 8
IE8 regularly crashes when I browse this site, seems OK elsewhere. Anybody else had this?
Posted by: corky100, April 1, 2008, 9:11pm; Reply: 9
No, its been fine here Dave. I have uninstalled it for now though, as I think it has a few issues with som e sites. But I won't know for a few days. Then I may reinstall it.

I alo got in the test for the Silverlight version of MSN Toolbar. Looks nice, and works OK but i have a thing about toolbars, and have taken it off again now.
Posted by: NeilT, April 1, 2008, 10:06pm; Reply: 10
I also uninstalled it... to buggy
Posted by: davemings, April 5, 2008, 7:28am; Reply: 11
Uninstalled mine and hey presto - no more crashes.
Posted by: corky100, April 5, 2008, 8:56am; Reply: 12
thats beta for you. let you know when its updated... ;D

and windows 7 (new version) could be here next year. how about that......
Posted by: davemings, April 5, 2008, 9:27am; Reply: 13
Quoted from corky100
thats beta for you. let you know when its updated... ;D

and windows 7 (new version) could be here next year. how about that......

Lets hope so Corky, Vista is a big disappointment.

Posted by: corky100, April 5, 2008, 2:14pm; Reply: 14
Have to admit, while I like the interface, I'm inclined to agree.
Posted by: NeilT, April 5, 2008, 6:30pm; Reply: 15
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Vista is a big disappointment.
Oh Gosh... I have to say that I have Vista Ultima running here as sweet as anything... In fact its the most stable OS since Windows ME. That said, I did start on a pretty clean machine etc...
Posted by: davemings, April 5, 2008, 7:55pm; Reply: 16
I've no complaints with it's stability Neil but I have a machine of lesser spec running XP SP3 that, perfomance wise, puts the Vista machine to shame.
Posted by: corky100, April 5, 2008, 8:19pm; Reply: 17
I like Vista, but networking is shite, Drivers/3RD Party support are a nightmare, and far too many bugs. SP1 solves a lot though, but still old bugs remain.

I still use it though.

Did anyone use the IE7 Emulation feature?
Posted by: NeilT, April 6, 2008, 10:28pm; Reply: 18
I am running IE7 no problems.. and no problems with anything (Vista) when I did the swop I did have a couple of bits of software that would not run.. But sorted out all of that, and not had any sort of problems...
Posted by: corky100, August 27, 2008, 11:52pm; Reply: 19
Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 is now available.

I think this includes the so called 'Porn Mode' :D
Posted by: AirSynths, September 12, 2009, 7:44pm; Reply: 20
Eugh... I hate, hate, hate IE!! As a web developer I just wish that once, just once, MS would build a browser that is actually properly standards compliant... I mean, just how many browsers am I supposed to test sites on??? Thankfully IE5 has now been throughly consigned to the bin, but I'm still having to contend with tweaks and hacks for making the CSS work properly on IE 6, IE 7's not exactly great, and IE 8 - from what I've seen - seems to be all over the place too! First site I tested looked fine, til I realised IE 8 was running in IE7 emulation... And of course there's Firefox, Safari, Opera and Google Chrome (which I really dislike, it's far too minimalist for me!)

Now that I'm back online my computer keeps bugging me to install IE8, that's going to happen over my dead body on this machine (using my backup machine for a while - an old P3 with naff all RAM so it's way to slow as it is! Personally I still find that Firefox is the best browser - and at least that works the same on Macs and PCs! Something else I'm having to contend with more now, as the company I now work for only uses Macs... although.... I have to confess that after 8 weeks I'm now a fully fledged Mac convert! Next spare £2.5k I have is being spent on a Mac Pro with Cinema screen... no more reliance on shoddy Microsnot packages... can't wait! Although, of course, I'll have to! :(
Posted by: NeilT, September 13, 2009, 7:33pm; Reply: 21
Had a Mac, and well, as much as I tried to love it, we did not Bond... Am also a web developer, and its a fact of life that MSIE is still the most popular browser, so its a must must to use it and see what things are like... I dont have any major issues with it?
Posted by: AirSynths, September 17, 2009, 10:54pm; Reply: 22
I never thought I'd bond with a mac, but I'm really loving the one at work! For one thing it's so much more stable!! The biggest problem I have when I get home is remembering to use CTRL+ any key rather than CMD, which is just where the ALT key is on a PC... and remembering to relocate the @ symbol!!

I know what you mean about Internet Explorer being so popular that we've just got to live with it, I just get a bit peeved every so often when the design I'm given to build is so easy to do for Firefox and Safari, but can be so different on Internet Explorer - and so different between versions too! I'm probably just developing a massive anti-Microsoft chip on my shoulder though, and I'm going to have to bite the bullet and update sometime soon... in fairness 8 hasn't been as bad as 6 from a developer pov... interestingly the overall market share seems to be in favour of Firefox now, with IE6 & 7 & 8 combined coming in 2nd. BTW, have you tried the Browser Sandbox? It saves having to try and install multiple versions of IE (believe me, the mutli-IE prog you can get doesn't always work correctly!) and throws in 3 versions of Firefox, 2 versions of Safari and Opera as well as Chrome...
Posted by: NeilT, September 17, 2009, 11:05pm; Reply: 23
Not tried, but will now go take a peek...
Posted by: AirSynths, September 26, 2009, 6:42pm; Reply: 24

I have to confess to having had a first today... a site I'm building at the moment tested absolutely fine in IE8... massive list of things to fix for IE6, but nothing new there! So I'm starting to think that maybe MS have finally gone and produced a pretty well standard's compliant browser (eek) it even looks like they've fixed those annoying box model problems (eek)(eek) Perhaps I shall have to eat humble pie...
Posted by: corky100, September 26, 2009, 8:26pm; Reply: 25
Sandboxing is available in FF too :) And fromWindows 7, you can start to use virtual WinXP free within tin7 virtual environment as a free add-on. Your Processor must have Virtualisation nabled for it to work though, otherwise you'll have to resort to software virtualisation and pay for the additional XP Licence. That will be ideal.

(I must add I've been using Win7 via Technet for months now (and Office 10 :) ), and would recommend it totally above Vista, and even XP)

No problems with IE, But since starting this post I have stayed with FF. And at work we have ensured FF is installed throughout.

However, Despite all the funding and grants we've identified and won to enhance the work machines though, we have not yet ventured into Mac. :D
Posted by: NeilT, October 2, 2009, 10:05pm; Reply: 26
A Mac !!
Posted by: corky100, October 2, 2009, 11:59pm; Reply: 27
Heh. As tutors we can even get a Mac much cheaper too (should the temptation arise) :D
Posted by: AirSynths, October 10, 2009, 9:06pm; Reply: 28
Yes.... now that the temptation has arisen I'm gutted that I no longer work in education! booo!!!  But I'm embarking on a totally different experiment now....
Posted by: Sandra, October 11, 2009, 10:45pm; Reply: 29
I have to use 2 Macs at work and needs must, but I do not enjoy the experience, nor the frustration that what I need the Macs for cannot easily be re-created on my PC. A pain, as the software I had been running on my PC is no longer free, so I need  work-around... All very annoying, as is Safari, as is having to keep 2 very different systems in my head along with all the other crap I have to remember....

IE8 works fine for me  ;) :P ;D
Posted by: NeilT, October 14, 2009, 3:22pm; Reply: 30
I had a mac, and duly gave it away, very grim, and nothing like what I was expecting
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