8 Sleeper Internet Explorer 8 Add-ons
Internet Explorer add-ons have been introduced by Microsoft in the previous editions of Internet Explorer. Despite the introduction, they never managed to come close to the popularity and inventiveness of add-ons produced by the Mozilla Firefox community.
Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 introduced a set of new features (accelerators and web slices) that fall into the add-on category as well. The following article contains 8 sleeper Internet Explorer add-ons that can be useful for the majority of Internet Explorer 8 users.
Note: Microsoft retired the addon's website. This means that any of the add-ons listed below are no longer available.
We would also like to point out that this is already the second article about Internet Explorer 8 add-ons and that the first can be accessed at this link. (read: 10 Useful Internet Explorer Add-ons).
First a quick explanation about the different types of add-ons for Internet Explorer:
- Accelerators: Provide functionality directly on the website.
- Web Slices: Real time information that are displayed in Internet Explorer.
- Search Providers: These add-ons add new search engines to the web browser.
1. Job Search (Accelerator)
Will search for a selected job on thousands of websites including newspapers, job boards and company career pages.
2. Tweet Internet Explorer
Twitter add-on for Internet Explorer 8 that adds a button to the toolbar which, when pressed, opens a popup window that allows to post status updates to Twitter.
3. Xmarks Synchronization
Synchronize favorites and bookmarks across multiple computers.
4. Post To LiveJournal
Makes it possible to quickly post to LiveJournal using the selected text on another website.
5. New York Times Latest News
Quick access to the latest news (titles, videos and excerpts) that have been posted on the New York Times website.
6. Find on Last.fm
Will search for the selected text on the popular music community portal Last.fm
7. LastPass Password Manager
LastPass is an online password manager that provides access to interesting features like password generation. It is available for multiple web browsers.
8. Open It Online Lite
Open documents, spreadsheets and presentations online with this useful Internet Explorer add-on.
Do you know of any add-ons for the Internet Explorer web browser that are worth mentioning? Let us know in the comments.
I’ve been using LastPass for while and I’m impressed by it. More than a plain password manager, it’s also an automatic web form filler. This feature makes it a rival to Roboform.
Unlike Roboform. whose full functionality is payware, LastPass is totally free. And since all your information is securely stored on their website, you can use it (or not) on the go and from any computer without fear of your data being stolen. Wow! In my opinion, it’s a gem.
Nice list of Accelerators IE8. See: http://bit.ly/vJKbW
For readers who use Firefox and are new to IE8, I wanted your readers to be aware that Firefox has a version of Accelerators too, it is called â€œKALLOUT – Accelerators for Firefoxâ€ Itâ€™s available as a free add-on through Firefox. See: http://bit.ly/vJKbW
I believe the accelerators you list will actually work directly with KallOut-Accelerators for Firefox so users can stick with Firefox if they want and still get the benefits of the community-developed accelerators.