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Benefits of Internet Explorer 8

Updated: August 25, 2010

Applies To: Windows 7

Before embarking on an Internet Explorer 8 application compatibility or migration project, it is critical to understand the value proposition the new browser offers to organizations. As the upgrade to the browser often accompanies or constitutes an upgrade to the operating system, customers should spend the time to consider key features that are most important to their business. It is also helpful to understand this in order to complete the migration project when things become challenging and to balance difficult decisions that may have to be made during the process.

Before we talk about strategies, tools, and processes to migrate web applications to Internet Explorer 8, let us briefly review some of the key benefits.

  • Security: Features such as the new Smart Screen filter and other built-in security features protects against malware and deceptive and malicious websites that can compromise data, privacy, and identity.

    For more information, see Smart Screen filter.

  • Reliability: Features such as Automatic Crash Recovery prevents the loss of work and productivity in the unlikely event of browser crashes or hangs. This builds on the Loosely-Coupled Internet Explorer feature to provide new crash recovery capabilities such as tab recovery, which minimizes interruptions to your browsing sessions.

  • Manageability: The manageability features embedded throughout the browser makes Internet Explorer 8 the most manageable browser, with close to 1500 Group Policies, all of which can be centrally managed.

  • Usability: User-centric features make the experience of using the browser faster and easier. For example, the Internet Explorer 8 address bar combines your browsing history with detailed suggestions to help you get where you want to go faster.

For additional information on features, see the following resources:

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