Internet Explorer 8 is most likely the best web browser that Microsoft has developed in a very long time. It beats its predecessors Internet Explorer 6 and 7 fair and square, and comes closer to third-party popular web browsers than ever before.
While it still lacks behind in comparison to Internet browsers like Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Opera or Google Chrome it closed the gap to these other web browsers, and it is likely that the next Microsoft browser - that will most likely go under the name Internet Explorer 9 - will close it further.
Not everything is fine and shiny though. There are a few annoyances that are especially noticed by users who work with other web browsers as well. Listed below are the top 4 Internet Explorer 8 annoyances from a user's point of view:
The Internet Explorer 8 chrome takes up lots of screen estate. It is possible to hide toolbars to decrease the space requirements.
The annoying aspect here is that it is however not possible to combine toolbars. Users of the Firefox web browser for example can merge all toolbars into one while Internet Explorer 8 users sit there with lots of blank screen estate because of this.
Hiding the toolbars might work for some Internet Explorer users but most would probably like one-click access to their favorites and access to the Internet Explorer 8 menu.
The idea behind these two features that have been introduced in Internet Explorer 8 is to provide users with quicker access to information.
While this may be useful on paper, barely any add-ons have been created for Internet Explorer 8 so far.
The add-ons gallery is anything but filled to the brim with add-ons and it seems that most are basic search add-ons that allow users to search a specific site in Internet Explorer 8.
This is a feature that is not being used by many Internet Explorer 8 users. (check Internet Explorer 8 Add-ons for some good ones)
If you want to create a page shortcut on the computer desktop you only need to right-click the page in Internet Explorer 8 and select Create Shortcut. The annoying thing is that Internet Explorer 8 will always display a confirmation dialog "Do you want to put a shortcut to this website on your desktop".
That's practically the same annoyance that game developers like to use when exiting their games. You click on Exit Game and they display a confirmation dialog "do you really want to exit the game?".
The same is true for dragging and dropping elements to the computer system. It is for example possible to drag images from the web browser to the computer desktop. Internet Explorer 8 will display a confirmation dialog as well asking the user to confirm the action.
This could easily be solved by a set of advanced configuration settings where experienced (or annoyed) users could disable those confirmation dialogs.
All popular web browsers display a RSS feed indicator in the address bar except for Internet Explorer 8. The web browser uses an icon in the command bar that gives access to RSS feeds which is not helpful if the user has set the command toolbar to hidden or does not pay attention to it. It also happens that some icons do not appear in the command toolbar but have to be accessed by clicking on the down arrow on the right of it which indicates that there are more items in the toolbar.
Feel free to add any annoyance that you have encountered while using Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8.
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