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Ask DLS: What do you think of Internet Explorer 8 beta 1?

Internet Explorer 8 beta 1
As expected, Microsoft has released the first public beta version of Internet Explorer 8. While IE8 superficially look a lot like Internet Explorer 7, it sports a bunch of new features including a redesigned favorites bar, automatic crash recovery, a new "WebSlices" feature that lets you subscribe to content within a web page much the way you would with an RSS feed, and some rendering engine changes.

But make no mistake, this is clearly beta software. IE8 beta 1 is not compatible with pre-release versions of Windows Vista SP1, doesn't work with a ton of IE7 add-ons like Skype, Google, and Yahoo! toolbars, and appears to enjoy making abstract paintings out of some web sites as you can see in the image above.

We know many Download Squad readers have been testing IE8 beta 1 out since the download links went live at about 3PM EST today, so what have your experiences been like? What works? What doesn't? What do you like? What needs improvement? And is Internet Explorer 8 likely to convince you to switch from Firefox, Opera, or whatever web browser you currently use?

Sound off in the comments.

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