Microsoft has released a public beta for Internet Explorer 8. This release is intended to help web designers and web developers prepare for the upcoming version of the browser.
Easier and faster, Internet Explorer 8 will offer three different rendering modes :
- Quirks mode which supports Internet Explorer 5 and legacy browsers
- Strict mode which supports Internet Explorer 7 and is accessed through the emulate Internet Explorer 7 button
- Internet Explorer 8 standards mode
Some new features are also added. For example Activities and WebSlices.
Activities are contextual services that provide quick access to external services from any webpage.
WebSlices behave just like feeds in that users can subscribe to them and receive update notifications when the content changes.