Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 introduced several exciting new features to the upcoming Microsoft browser which hit the Internet by surprise. No one would have thought that Microsoft would add that much value to the second beta of Internet Explorer 8, the upcoming new version of Windows' default web browser.
The Internet Explorer 8 development team announced new features, and managed to increase the performance and security of the coming Microsoft flagship browser.
The following list concentrates on features of Internet Explorer 8 that have been introduced by Microsoft and their Firefox equivalent. This is usually a Firefox add-on that offers the same functionality as the hard-coded Microsoft feature. Only features that have not been in Firefox 3 by default have been added. Features like restoring tabs have are not included therefore.
Note: Many of the add-ons may not work anymore in recent versions of the Firefox web browser. Mozilla dropped legacy add-on support in Firefox 57, and the new add-on system WebExtensions does not support all functionality of it.
Find on Page
Microsoft highlights all hits and provides the number of found results next to the search box.
Incorporates auto suggestions, the history, bookmarks and feeds and presents them in a categorized view.
Internet Explorer 8 creates tab groups automatically when the user launches a new site in a new tab from an existing tab.
Internet Explorer 8 displays enhanced search results including images using auto suggestions in the search box.
Accelerators are add-ons for Internet Explorer 8 that make it possible to use other web services without leaving the site, e.g looking up an address on Google Maps.
Web Slices are information that can be put into a toolbar and automatically update themselves, think about weather information, eBay searches, Amazon items.
When the user activates InPrivate Browsing history, temporary files and cookies are not stored on the user's computer.
Can block third party content that tracks and aggregates online behavior.
Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) filter
Internet Explorer 8 makes use of a Cross-Site Scripting filter that can detect Type-1 XSS attacks.
Did I miss an extension that does a better job? Let me know.
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