So everyone by now knows that Internet Explorer 8 beta 2 is available for download, and you all have read positive and/or negative reactions (why do people bother to repeat complaints such as; Firefox already has that feature, Safari is still better, yadda yadda…).
Anyhow I have tried it out during the day and have had a really nice experience. Aside from the improved performance (will be back with more on that later on, but Firefox is still way ahead) I have found some really nice improvements.
Reload and Stop button locations
Finally you can move the Reload and Stop buttons to the left of the Address bar and have them together with the forward/back buttons. I have since IE7 always been annoyed at this. To move the buttons just right click on the menu/toolbar and select Customize->Show Stop and Refresh Buttons before Address bar.
In page search
Oh man, this one is by far the most longed for update. Instead of the dreadful Find dialog you have a Find bar which is opened with Ctrl-F and closed with Esc. Incremental search, Highlighting, easy navigation between hits, Yes!
Improved View Source
The View Source in beta 2 is no longer plain-old notepad, but instead a better color-coded source viewer with a nice search. I only wish it would close when I hit the Esc button (IE-Team - do you listen?).
With Caret Browsing enabled, enable/disable with F7, you can use the keyboard arrow keys to walk around in the web page, which allows for easier text selection.
What’s you favorite IE8 pieces?
I have recently seen Wordle images here and there on blogs and sites and I could not resist creating one of my own site, to see what words do I write often here.
As you can see it's lot of stuff about Microsoft (surprise), SharePoint, Visual Studio and .NET. I also seems to like a lot of things.
Have you created a nice Wordle?
Microsoft has now released the final bits of Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 and the .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1, download here. A lot of stuff has been improved such as stability and performance, no need for me to repeat all this since you can find it a gazillion of blogs as well as in the Microsoft Knowledge Base.
One improvement I did not read about is that they have fixed/updated the icon of the devenv.exe so you can distinguish VS 2008 and VS 2005 if you are running them simultaneously. The VS 2008 SP1 icon contains a 9 in the lower right corner.
Look at the icons in the images below; from left to right it is Visual Studio 2005, Visual Studio 2008 RTM and Visual Studio 2008 SP1. The 2008 version is a bit more glossy, but the smallest icons look pretty similar (VS 2005 on top).
Working and developing with Microsoft products is a great, but when it all comes down to deliver a full solution to your clients you must know how the different products from Microsoft are licensed – and this is a mess (SharePoint?). Hopefully you have some in your organization that has some knowledge of the Microsoft licensing or you have a nice licensing partner that can help you out.
But once in a while you end up with a client that wants to know how much it costs – and right now! Therefore I think it is essential if you, as a developer or architect, has (at least) some knowledge of how the different products are licensed.
To get some nice details and samples how the Microsoft licensing works I really would like to recommend these two blogs written by Emma Healey, a Microsoft Licensing Escalation Manager.
Emma Explains Microsoft Licensing in Depth This blogs contains excellent samples on how you should interpret the Microsoft licenses for various products and scenarios. For all of you SharePoint developers this post on MOSS licensing is a must read.
InDepth Licensing Blog This blog, only available to Microsoft employees, partners and customers (Windows Live Id required) covers the same topics but not aimed for the general public(?).