Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 25th Feb 2008 22:09 UTC
Internet Explorer Microsoft has sent an e-mail to a select number of its previous beta testers regarding the upcoming release of IE8 beta 1. "We are nearing the launch of Windows Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 and we will be making it available for the general public to download and test. IE8 Beta 1 is focused on the developer community, with the goal of gaining valuable feedback to improve Internet Explorer 8 during the development process."
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Alternative?
by gabrielwalker on Tue 26th Feb 2008 01:11 UTC
gabrielwalker
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2006-05-30

This isn't exactly on topic (and I'm sorry about that), but I've been wondering.

I don't much care for Internet Explorer anymore, though back in the day I preferred it over Netscape Communicator. I've been caught up with the Phoenix/Firebird/Firefox movement, and have found it to be a 'comfortable' browser. Except that it 'feels', well, bloated now.

I've tried using Opera, but I miss the combination of Adblock/Flashblock/All-In-One Sidebar like crazy. I've tried the css hacks, but the UI doesn't feel right either.

I've tried Apple's port of Safari, but I can't get past the abrupt difference in UI on a Windows machine. (I use Windows XP. Please don't turn this into a debate over my choice of OS.)

...What alternatives are there left for me to try? Are there free (or cheap) plug-ins for Opera to make it 'feel' more like Firefox with adblock/flashblock/a download sidebar?

Thanks!

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