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Microsoft changing IE8’s default settings…

Microsoft has altered the way Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 is set up when you first run it. It’s a few minor changes, but they are very helpful if you currently have a default browser and you’re just installing IE8 because you have to (due to Windows Update).

From mid-August (so Microsoft says), there will be an update to IE8 to make this new functionality work.

From then on, when you first start Microsoft Internet Explorer, clicking ‘Use Express Settings’ will no longer automatically set Internet Explorer as the default browser. From GEEK!’s understanding, if you do want IE as the default browser, you must click ‘Choose Custom Settings’ and a screen will appear asking whether you would like to set IE as the default browser or not.

I am very glad that Microsoft is making this alteration – I’m bored of having to reset my default browser settings every time Microsoft releases a new Internet Explorer version.

It is pretty easy to work out that Microsoft is probably doing this to avoid more fines for promoting Internet Explorer too much. They have received charges for promoting Internet Explorer too much in the past, and it looks like Microsoft is having to give other browsers another chance.

Internet Explorer 8 Final Version Released

Microsoft has finally launched the final version of the new Internet Explorer 8. It’s available for download now – http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/worldwide-sites.aspx.

Personally I doubt it will be anything good to look forward to. Microsoft are making some claims that it is faster and easier to use than Google Chrome, but I really doubt it’s true. There’s nothing faster than Chrome (especially in start time) in my opinion.

In any matter, I’ll go and download it as it’ll probably be forced onto my computer with Windows Update in a few weeks time. Might as well get it over and done with :-).

Internet Explorer 8 RC1

Well, Internet Explorer 8 RC1 has arrived, and I decided I ought to download it for a review here on GEEK!

And, honestly… as usual, I’m not overly impressed. It’s install isn’t too bad, weren’t any problems and after about 20 minutes of installing the setup requested a reboot. So, after a swift reboot and Vista’s ‘Completing Setup’ procedure, I fired it up. The first thing I noticed, which really annoyed me, was that it had gone and set itself as the default browser without even mentioning it or checking it with me.

So, after that, it confirmed a few settings with me, and then opened up the homepage. So, knowing me, the first thing I did was go to www.geekonthepc.com and got open a new post (I’m writing this post now in IE), and annoyingly I already see the problem that it hasn’t rendered the page properly. Why?! Why does Google and Mozilla get it right by Microsoft just can’t seem to understand how a browser is supposed to render a page.

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So, if you want my opinon, I don’t like it. Microsoft’s claims that it’s the simpler and better to use than any other browsers are just utter rubbish. What are they doing? So, for me, I’ll be sticking with Firefox and Chrome, and you should too.