Microsoft cites developer, security boosts in IE8

Company's Mix09 conference keynote stresses CSS support, malware protection.

Microsoft hailed its newly released Internet Explorer 8 browser as a boon for developers and for its security measures during a presentation at the Mix09 conference on Thursday.

"With IE8, developers have a great opportunity to integrate your sites into people's everyday activities," said Dean Hachamovitch, general manager for Internet Explorer at Microsoft.

The browser upgrade also offers full Cascading Style Sheets 2.1 support and a comprehensive test suite. "IE8 passes more CSS 2.1 tests than other browsers," Hachamovitch said.

Microsoft's first step for IE8 pertaining to developers involves enabling them to build "great sites" leveraging standards, interoperability, performance, and developer tools, he said. The second step involves creating new opportunities for developers.

Developers should think about where users seek one-click access and how visual search can bring users back to a site, said Hachamovitch. For example, IE8 uses visual aids to help with searches.

Security capabilities of IE8 were touted, including protection against malware. Since the release of the second beta of IE8, the browser has protected one in 40 users per week from downloading malware, Hachamovitch said.

"IE8 offers better protection against malware than other browsers," he said. "IE8 is the only browser today with built-in protection to keep your users safe from many cross-site scripting attacks." It also protects against click-jacking attacks and helps protects privacy, he said.

Continuing the Mix09 theme on the benefits of good product design, after Hachamovitch's presentation, Microsoft had Deborah Adler, a designer at Deborah Adler LLC, detail how she developed safer and easier pharmaceutical labels for Target Pharmacy with her ClearRX system.

"Throughout this process, I really learned firsthand that design has the power to make a difference," she said.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags ie8

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Paul Krill

InfoWorld
Show Comments

Essentials

Brother MFC-L3745CDW Colour Laser Multifunction

Learn more >

Mobile

Exec

Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?