Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer

Editors' Rating:
2
Mediocre
Average User Rating:
2.4
out of 1688 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
8
File Size:
15.35MB
Date Added:
March 19, 2009
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008
Total Downloads:
20,317,185
Downloads Last Week:
2,393
Product ranking:
#12 in Web Browsers
Additional Requirements:
Not available

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

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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    • 4 star: 159
    • 3 star: 132
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  • 1 stars

    "JUST ANOTHER DEAD LINK YOU SCAMMERS!!"

    June 07, 2009   |   By araneuman

    Version: Microsoft Internet Explorer (32-bit) 5.0

    Pros

    WHAT PRODUCT? YOU MEAN THE BLIND LINK TO YET ANOTHER SEARCH ENGINE YOU GET MONEY TO REDIRECT FOLKS TO?

    Cons

    TRYING TO DOWNLOAD IE5 FOR MY OLDER BUSINESS COMPUTER FOR STARTERS AND YOU GUYS SAY YOU HAVE IT BUT IT IS NOWHERE TO BE FOUND.JUST A BLIND LINK TO ANOTHER SEARCH ENGINE WHICH DIDNT HAVE IT EITHER

    Summary

    I AM SO SICK OF THE PERVASIVE CULTURE OF SCAMMING THAT SUPPOSEDLY REPUTABLE COMPANIES (SUCH AS YOUR OWN) HAVE SUCCUMBED TO.YES I KNOW YOU NEED MONEY TO OPERATE BUT FOR CRYING OUT LOUD YOU WASTE SO MANY PEOPLES TIME ADVERTISING DOWNLOADS THAT YOU DO NOT HAVE.IT MAKES ME HATE THE TIME I HAVE TO SPEND ON THE COMPUTER WHEN I GET THE RUN-AROUND TRYING TO INSTALL A SIMPLE WEB BROWSER.
    SHAME ON YOU

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