IE8 Beta & iNotes August 29, 2008Posted by Glenn Irvine in Commentary, Competitive, Review.
Tags: Commentary, Glenn Irvine, IE8 Beta, iNotes, Lotus Position, Microsoft, Review
Just downloaded the IE8 Beta and thought I’d run it through it’s paces.
If you have a look at the features video that Microsoft Communications runs, there are some nice features, like the following.
- Accelerators – Speed access to context sensitive services (Ebay, Maps, Search, Wiki, Translation etc)
- Webslices – Keeping track of specific content in realtime, like Ebay auctions, Blogs, RSS etc
- Search Suggestions – speeding search bar use
- One Click favourites – for faster loading
- InPrivate Browsing – Anonymising and removing tracking history
- Crash recovery
- Improved Security & Privacy measures
But once I started doing anything meaningful, like run up iNotes (8.0.1), and even WordPress, I found it started to get very glitchy. (Guess that is why they call it Beta).
Interestingly there is a button right next to the address bar called the “Compatibility View”, and that at least allowed me to do this post. The Hover-over for the button says… “websites designed for older browsers [read: all of them at the moment] will often look better, and problems such as out-of-place menus, images or text will be corrected”
I’ve often wondered about the thought process used by a developer when they come up with a function like this. It stuns me.
Still haven’t got iNotes working completely well, but I have some further testing.
I do have to say, that I like the Webslicing and Accelerators elements. Clearly have done their homework on useability and current browsing habits.
I found the video example used a scenario around buying your wife a diamond ring on the sly for demonstrating the “InPrivate Browsing”. Had to laugh at that one…