Microsoft Launches Internet Explorer 8
Microsoft launched Internet Explorer 8 on Thursday, putting out a browser that they claim is more secure and will integrate into the upcoming Windows 7 operating system. IE retains its place as most popular browser, although Firefox, Chrome and others are nipping at its heels.
One of the major new features is a contextual popup menu that will accelerate users ability to streamline their information searching. For example, highlighting and right-clicking on a postal code automatically brings up the address in Google maps.
Although IE is still the most popular browser, it faces stiff competition from Google, Firefox, Opera and others.
The release is Microsoft's first major browser update since 2006, when the company released Internet Explorer 7.
"Customers have made clear what they want in a Web browser - safety, speed and greater ease of use," said Microsoft boss, Steve Ballmer.