Internet Explorer 8 is the latest version of Microsoft's Web browser. In version 8, Microsoft has added some key features that bring it up to speed with some of the competition.
New to this version is a private browsing mode that hides your tracks between sessions, and something Microsoft calls "accelerators," which can take information on the page and provide quick ways to use it with other Web services.
One of its most interesting features is something called "Web Slices." Sites can create their own Web slice that's like a live bookmark that will update itself when new content is published. It can also be a quick way to use the site from any page. Unlike traditional live bookmarks, however, developers can give it more of a graphical interface.
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