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Hands-On: Internet Explorer 8

IE8 -- Better than IE7, But Not Much Else
Last week, Microsoft officially unleashed Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) upon the world, and most of us gave a mild shrug. Despite our indifference, we decided to put the new browser through its paces. Truth be told, IE8 has a lot going for it -- in theory. New features like WebSlices (which drops down regularly updated parts of a site from the bookmarks toolbar) and Accelerators (which let you quickly lookup information without opening a new page) have piqued interest, and Web developers and designers are excited about the browser's new standards-compliant rendering engine that should, in theory, make pages look the same whether you're using Firefox, Opera, Chrome or IE8. Unfortunately, in our testing, we found IE8 a little undercooked -- click through for our examination of some of the features, many of which simply refused to work (you can check it out for yourself by downloading IE8 here).

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