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IE8 – not your father’s internet explorer?

Posted by gazjjohnson on 11 May, 2009

It’s been available for a while, but this weekend Microsoft rolled out IE8 as an optional/automatic download for people.  It might not be your personal browser of choice, and on the surface it’s not that different in look an feel but I get the feeling that it might cause us a few issues with accessing the odd resource.

The most troubling element is the new accelerators: options for searching and suggesting websites you might like.  it also allows you to run Websites designed for older browsers in a compatibility mode, though I’d be interested to know what that will do to their funcatioanlity – and if it will misID any sites as being “old” ones. 

There is also the Webslices function, which seems to be some form of advanced RSS reader for Websites (sans RSS feed) – drawing down data, updates and information.  Again how this might work with any EZProxy authenticated resources I don’t know.

Being the more paranoid MS user, I disabled all of these functions for my machine at home.  But that doesn’t mean that all our users will do this when it is installed.  Maybe there won’t be any issues, maybe everything will continue to work just fine. ..

If anyone does encounter a student with any IE8 issues with library information resources, I’d be very interested to hear about it.

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