Get Internet Explorer 8 Final Optimized by Yahoo!
Article by George Norman
On 20 Mar 2009
The development process of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) is finally over, and as such the Redmond software developer has made the final software version of the web browser available for public download. It didn’t take much for people all over the world to get their hands on it and put it to the test, but the team over at Yahoo! did one better.

Program Manager with Yahoo!, Andrew Molyneux comments: “For all of those fans of Explorer, we have some fun news. On the heels of the Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 launch today, we are offering a Yahoo!-optimized version of the new browser designed specifically for Yahoo! users. For Yahoo! Mail users, the Yahoo!-optimized version includes a cool feature called the Mail Web slice. The Web slice gives signed-in users quick previews of their Mail right from a drop-down page within browser, so no matter where you are on the Web, your Yahoo! Mail is right there with you.”


But wait, there’s more. With the Yahoo!-optimized version of Internet Explorer 8 you also get:
- Instant visual results beneath the search box. There are three categories of instant visual results: Weather, Movie Reviews and Showtimes, and Stock Quotes. Let’s take a look at an example in order to understand this better. Let’s say that you want to know what the weather will be in your area; you type in “weather Santa Clara, CA" into the search box and thanks to the instant visual results you will get a 3-day forecast for the area you specified in the query, right beneath the search box.
- Direct access to the Yahoo! software products you’ve come to know and love: Yahoo! Search, Yahoo! Toolbar, Yahoo! Homepage.

As you can see, developers are constantly trying to build upon exisiting softare applications in order to make them better. So what does the future hold for Microsoft’s web browser? The IE8 blog sheds some light on this question: “Our next steps start with listening. We’re going to listen for customer and security issues and respond appropriately. We’re going to engage with web sites and developers on compatibility. We’re going to finish Windows 7. We’re going to work with standards bodies to finish CSS 2.1 and bring other standards to a customer-ready state faster. We’re going to stand behind this product and service and secure it for many years. We’re going listen to your feedback while we start work on the next version of IE.”

If you would like to get the Yahoo!-optimized version of IE8, a download location is available here.

Tags: Microsoft, Internet Exporer 8, Yahoo!
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