Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer

Download Editors' Rating:
2
Mediocre
Average User Rating:
2.4
out of 1691 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    8
  • Total Downloads:
    20,375,104
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 19, 2009
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    Not available
  • Downloads Last Week:
    3,327
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #10 in Web Browsers

Editors' Note: Update, March 20, 2013: Please note that Internet Explorer 8 is now for Windows XP only. Because of its numerous security and stability flaws as a legacy browser, CNET does not recommend using IE8 except as a last resort. In light of its limitations when compared against the competition, we have downgraded IE8's final score to 2 stars.

Also, we strongly advocate using either Chrome or Firefox, both of which receive updates every six weeks on Windows XP, and offer improved security as well as better browsing features. If you are looking for the most recent version of Internet Explorer, you can read CNET's review and download IE10 here.

Editors' Review

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Update, March 14, 2011: Note that Internet Explorer 8 is now for Windows XP only. If you have Windows Vista or Windows 7, you are strongly encouraged to upgrade to Internet Explorer 9 (download) for improved browser security and better browsing features.

Internet Explorer 8 addresses just about all of the major concerns that users and critics have had with the world's most used browser. Whether they get answered in a way you like is another matter.

There are several new and interesting features. Web Slices lets you save predefined sections of a Web page for at-a-glance viewing. Instead of going to a traffic Web site for updates, the latest commuting news comes to you. Similarly, Accelerators make repetitive tasks one-click behaviors, for instance finding directions or blogging. InPrivate browsing introduces a cache and history on-off switch, while related tabs are color-coded and automatically reorganized as you open them. There's also tab sandboxing, which means that when a tab crashes, IE itself won't, and it even tries to resurrect the page that crashed.

There's a greater emphasis on Web standards and security than before. The SmartScreen and cross-site scripting filters throw up a red warning page when you're about to visit an unsafe site. There's also domain highlighting, which grays out the name of the URL you're looking at except for the domain itself. This sounds simple, but effectively draws attention to spoofed site URLs. There's also a compatibility button so that sites designed specifically for IE 7 and earlier can still be viewed.

IE 8 lacks a default "smart" location bar that many other browsers have, but you can search your history and most visited pages from there. Also, the installation process still requires a reboot--unimpressive, to say the least. Drawbacks aside, there's no reason to not upgrade if you're an old fan of IE, and there's even a few things in IE 8 for new users.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    2.3

    out of 594 votes

    • 5 star 102
    • 4 star 65
    • 3 star 49
    • 2 star 97
    • 1 star 281
  • All Versions

    2.4

    out of 1691 votes

    • 5 star 351
    • 4 star 160
    • 3 star 132
    • 2 star 257
    • 1 star 791
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2 stars

"IE 8 is crap, upgrade to IE 11"

September 05, 2014  |  By LLI-JBS

 |  Version: Internet Explorer 8

Pros

- Windows default browser.
- It works.

Cons

- Crappy user interface.
- Very slow.
- Very, very few HTML5 support.
- Outdated features.
- "New features" in this version are something elementary in other browsers.
- Security flaws.

Summary

Ancient browser that seems to came from prehistory browser age. But, the new version of Internet Explorer is good.

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1 stars

"Worst Browser"

June 27, 2014  |  By mike673

 |  Version: Internet Explorer 8

Pros

none. I cannot think of a thing good about it.

Cons

Internet Explorer 8 continuously locks up webpages.

Summary

Don't use Internet Explorer. Use Google or Mozilla Firefox instead. You will be glad you did.

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1 stars

"Internet Explorer 11"

November 20, 2013  |  By Mike7244

 |  Version: Internet Explorer 8

Pros

So far there's nothing good I can find about it, except with Norton I was able to save all of my passwords.

Cons

Sucks, its the worst search engine that Microsoft has ever created. I never saw something that has so many flaws. When you do a search it constantly locks up and have to constantly use task manager to shut the tabs down. The live tile version is exactly the same way. Another problem on their home page when you click on the main article tile 90 percent of the time now it doesn't work or the page can't fill itself completely in. They need to fire the creator or whoever created 11 the worst on in their history. When I try to report a problem it's near impossible to let them know. USE CHROME OR FIREFOX. It's such a shame when these idiots tied it into their new search feature but it doesn't work. False advertisement on how great 8.1 is the greatest search ever, NOT.

Summary

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1 stars

"Better then IE6 and 7"

June 23, 2013  |  By mitchelld1

 |  Version: Internet Explorer 8

Pros

NOTHING!!!

Cons

EVERYTHING!!!

Summary

This is a very bad browser, it is better then ie6 and 7 but ewww!!!
DO NOT USE IT!

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1 stars

"Probably the worst browser out there."

November 05, 2012  |  By FlyingSquirrel88

 |  Version: Internet Explorer 8

Pros

-Useable.
-Great for untechy folk.
-Free.
-Made by Microsoft.

Cons

-Slow.
-Crashes all the time.
-Can't eaisily add plugins.
-Hard to make webpages compatible with it.
-Does not support latest web standards.

Summary

Internet Explorer is a useable browser, but I would strongly recommend another browser such as Google Chrome or Firefox.

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1 stars

"Failure In Every Aspect"

October 06, 2012  |  By TechXpression

 |  Version: Internet Explorer 8

Pros

Nothing at all

Cons

Slow, ugly design, a million toolbars, and slow (Yes, I said it twice. It really is that slow)

Summary

It's the dumbest browser that Microsoft ever thought of.Need I say more?

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1 stars

"Absolute rubbish. Does not behave like a browser should"

September 17, 2012  |  By bogan_az

 |  Version: Internet Explorer 8

Pros

The Close button

Cons

its existance

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5 stars

"My favourite browser since i bought my PC(with IE 6)"

August 02, 2012  |  By Coa96

 |  Version: Internet Explorer 8

Pros

Everything is very fast, its even faster than google chrome. User interface is great, adress bar is awesome - everything is well organised

Cons

Reputation - Many people have problem with IE because their windows is in terrible shape (and that's the reason why they start hating IE)

Summary

In my opinion IE is the best browser, i've been using it since version 6 and it has never dissapointed me.(sorry for bad English I am from Serbia)

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1 stars

"I don't like this browser,Chrome and FF is much better"

July 22, 2012  |  By rudolf323

 |  Version: Internet Explorer 8

Pros

Bookmarks can be accessible from task bar
Nice design

Cons

It has very ****** engine
Very slow
laggy

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1 stars

"it's total crap"

July 06, 2012  |  By DSWDobson

 |  Version: Internet Explorer 8

Pros

let's see, during the few minutes it works before the message "internet explorer has stopped working" it does what you would expect from a browser

Cons

it stops working and stops working and stops working and stops working and stops working and stops working and stops working and stops working and stops working and stops working and stops working and stops working and stops working and stops working and stops working and stops working and stops working and stops working and stops working and stops working and stops working and stops working and stops working and stops working and stops working and stops working and stops working and stops working and stops working and stops working and stops working and stops working and stops working and stops working and stops working and stops working and stops working and stops working and stops working and stops working and stops working and stops working and stops working and stops working and stops working

Summary

it's complete crap, get the picture? Total waste of hard drive space, and my experience with Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit so far isn't much better. I never had a problem with 32bit. Microsoft has gotten so dang fat and lazy they don't even try to make a product work right until they've sold millions of copies and people start to complain

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General
Publisher Microsoft
Publisher web site http://www.microsoft.com/
Release Date March 19, 2009
Date Added March 19, 2009
Version 8
Category
Category Browsers
Subcategory Web Browsers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows 2003
Additional Requirements None
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File Size Not Available
File Name details.aspx
Popularity
Total Downloads 20,375,104
Downloads Last Week 3,327
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License Model Free
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Price Free

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