Microsoft announced the availability of Windows Internet Explorer 8

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Microsoft Corp. has just announced the availability of Windows Internet Explorer 8. The new web browser features the best security protections, ease-of-use and enhanced user functionality with findings that it is one of the fastest web-browser in terms of page load time according to comScore Inc.

The IE8 is Microsoft response for the millions of user inputs and customer research “focuses on top customer needs, including security, ease of use and performance”.

Accelerators. Accelerators make it faster and easier to perform common tasks online by making Web-based services such as ESPN.com, Live Search and Sina available for use directly from the page people are viewing. Users can simply right-click a word or phrase and instantly map, e-mail, or share it.

Web Slices. Web Slices in Internet Explorer 8 makes favorite information from sites such as Digg, Yahoo! Mail, OneRiot, and eBay instantly available wherever someone goes on the Web.

Visual search suggestions. The Instant Search Box in Internet Explorer 8 enables rich, real-time search from sites such as The New York Times, Amazon.com and Wikipedia, as well as sites from people’s own Favorites and History, complete with visuals and detailed information that saves time.”

It can be downloaded in 25 languages at http://www.microsoft.com/ie8 starting at noon EDT on March 19.

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