Show Stop and Refresh buttons before Address Bar in Internet Explorer 8

In most web browsers the Stop button and Refresh button both appear before the Address Bar. Here’s how to make both appear before the Address Bar in Internet Explorer 8.

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Short Link - Posted on October 4, 2009 at 9:04 pm (PST)
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Google Chrome Frame Works Around Stubborn Microsoft

On Tuesday Google introduced Google Chrome Frame that is an open source plug-in that bring HTML5, and other open web technologies to Internet Explorer.

With Google Chrome Frame, developers can now take advantage of the latest open web technologies, even in Internet Explorer. From a faster Javascript engine, to support for current web technologies like HTML5’s offline capabilities and <canvas>, to modern CSS/Layout handling, Google Chrome Frame enables these features within IE with no additional coding or testing for different browser versions.

To start using Google Chrome Frame, all developers need to do is to add a single tag:

<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="chrome=1">

When Google Chrome Frame detects this tag it switches automatically to using Google Chrome’s speedy WebKit-based rendering engine. It’s that easy. For users, installing Google Chrome Frame will allow them to seamlessly enjoy modern web apps at blazing speeds, through the familiar interface of the version of IE that they are currently using.

For WordPress users there is a plug-in that helps with Google Chrome Frame integration, which really isn’t necessary since it’s easy to simply add the tag above.

Herein lies the problem. Web site visitors are redirected from the web site homepage to a plug-in download page. Most people won’t have a clue what Google Chrome Frame is, so they’ll be unlikely to download and install something they know nothing about.

Even though the Google Chrome web browser is faster than Internet Explorer, most people continue to use the slower Internet Explorer because they are familiar with it. For most people easier is better.

If Google really wants to get people to adopt new technologies to improve the Internet, they’ll need to convince companies like Microsoft to move ahead at the speed of technology. Since Microsoft is so reluctant to do anything "open source" Google is having a tough time, so they are appealing to developers (documentation here), and Internet surfers to pressure Microsoft, or work around Microsoft by trying to get a grass roots ground swell of support from developers and Internet surfers.

Microsoft is also introducing their own header tags for developers to add to their websites to be able to continue to have Internet Explorer 8 render their web sites in Internet Explorer 7 mode.

We want to see push technology that makes web site development easier for developers, so their web sites will render properly in any web browser using web hooks in their web site.

It seems unlikely that a web site owner will risk alienating their readers by redirecting them to a plug-in install page that they must install to view the web site. While we think Google Chrome Frame is a great idea, how it is integrated into an Internet surfer’s life will decide if this project succeeds or fails.

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  • Horia Dragomir
    I\'ve been pondering how obtrusive the pop-up really is; the redirect, as well. I\'m thinking of extending the plugin so that ...

Short Link - Posted on September 25, 2009 at 10:10 am (PST)
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How to Uninstall Windows Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) in Vista

Fed up with Internet Explorer 8 which is unstable at best? IE8 Beta 1 may occasionally crashes or not responding when browsing websites, and users have to close the browser with request to send the error report to Microsoft. The bugs or crashes happen more frequently especially if users using third-party add-ons such as Google Toolbar. This is generally expected as this is the first beta of IE 8.

Beside, user interface of IE8 is generally similar to IE7, reducing the enticing for users who face problems when using IE8 to stay using it. If you decided to rollback and revert back to original IE7 or IE6, it’s possible to uninstall IE8 to do so.

IE8 can be uninstall by using Add or Remove Programs module in Windows XP, but in Windows Vista, Windows Internet Explorer 8 is not considered to be a ‘program’. Instead, IE8 is categorizing as an ‘update’. Thus, users will not be able to find Windows Internet Explorer 8 in “Programs and Features” of Windows Vista.

uninstall internet explorer 8 How to Uninstall Windows Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) in Vista

To uninstall Internet Explorer 8, go to Control Panel, and click on Uninstall Programs link or Programs and Features icon. Then on Tasks pane on the left, click on View installed updates link. Locate and select Windows Internet Explorer 8 in the list of installed updates, and then click on Uninstall button. Click on Yes when asked that are you sure want to uninstall the update.

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  • dave
    yes same here but when your in uninstall a program and you cant find it just go to the corner ...
  • Nina
    Yea i hate Internet Explorer that\'s why i use Firefox...I have Windows Vista and what if the program is not ...

Short Link - Posted on March 8, 2008 at 12:16 am (PST)
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Download Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) Beta 1 (Direct Microsoft Server Links)

ie8 Download Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) Beta 1 (Direct Microsoft Server Links)

Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) Beta 1 has been released for public free download on IE8 Readiness Toolkit page. Internet Explorer 8 can be installed on Microsoft Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) (but not pre-release or beta version) , Windows Vista, Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2). IE8 Beta 1 also does not work on checked (debug) version of Windows.

Here’s where you can download IE8 Beta 1, together with direct download link to get the setup installation executable file from Microsoft Download Center server.

Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 (x86)
Direct Download: IE8-WindowsVista-x86-ENU.exe

Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 for Windows Vista x64 Edition and Windows Server 2008 x64 Edition
Direct Download: IE8-WindowsVista-x64-ENU.exe

Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 for Window XP SP2
Direct Download: IE8-WindowsXP-x86-ENU.exe

Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 for Windows Server 2003 SP2 (x86)
Direct Download: IE8-WindowsServer2003-x86-ENU.exe

Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 for Windows Server 2003 SP2 x64 Edition and Windows XP SP2 Pro x64 Edition
Direct Download: IE8-WindowsServer2003-x64-ENU.exe

IE 8 features improvements in Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and layout, programming model, performance, reliability, usability and service integration. Other features include contextual services to quickly access a service from any webpage named Activities, WebSlices for content subscribing within webpage, Favorites Bar has replaced Links bar, Automatic Crash Recovery and improved Phishing Filter. Details can be read here.

The release note for Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 can be read here. Note that IE8 is still in beta stage, and the release is probably mainly meant for developers, webmasters, bloggers, website designers and publishers to test the compliance of their sites with IE8. Average users will likely see weird rendering of web pages in IE8.

For users who want to opt out of IE8, click here for instructions on how to uninstall IE8.

Short Link - Posted on March 8, 2008 at 12:12 am (PST)
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