Internet Explorer Version 8 is available for download, at least as a beta. There’s some new features which eBay will be keen to make use of such as WebSlices.
WebSlices are a new way to get updates from other sites via the browser without having to visit the web site itself. Rather than adding webpages to your bookmarks or favourites you’ll be able to bookmark a WebSlice. You can then view the WebSlice as you would your favourites, but it’ll show you a small window of live web content. This will be perfect for tracking eBay auctions allowing you to monitor items you’re bidding on without even visiting the site.
I’m not normally too enthusiastic about having the latest software, and I’d definately hold off installing it on my main work PC until I’m sure it’s compatible with all the applications I use. ParcelForce took about six months to update their website for IE7 and shipping parcels is pretty important to me. Even more so it needs testing with TurboLister as that relies on the IE engine to drive it. If however you’ve got a spare PC for testing it’s worth downloading and giving a trial, especially when websites such as eBay start serving WebSlices.
You can actually try WebSlices with IE8 on eBay by visiting https://ie8.ebay.com
If you’re a Firefox 3.0 user, you can install the WebSlice extension and try it there too.
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