Using IE8

We’ve written a few posts here on IE8 centered around what you need to know as an IT Pro and/or dev.  In fact I just wrote one and posted it a few hours ago.  I have been using IE8 final now for a couple of days (call it a perk of working here) as well as participating in the beta and RC trials and thought I’d share some of the new features I’m using…

Web Slices 


clip_image002The Weather Network is one of Canada’s most visited websites and they have built a web slice for IE8 that allows you to keep an eye on your local weather.


You can grab it here –>







clip_image002[6] is one of the sites I visit for Canadian news and they also have built a Web Slice that has some really cool interactive features.


When you see this icon image on, or any other website, click on it to add the slice to your Favorites bar.











The feature I use the most so far has to be the Accelerators.  I love the fact that I don’t have to copy and paste any more, just select the text and search, define, email, blog, map or…the list goes on.


You can find more Accelerators here as well as guidance on how to write your own here








Are you using IE8?  Have you tried found a useful Web Slice or Accelerator?  Share what you have found in the comments or email us!

Comments (2)

  1. James Bo says:

    For IT professionals who use Firefox and IE8, I wanted your readers to be aware that Firefox has a version of Accelerators too, it is called “KALLOUT – Accelerators for Firefox” It’s available as a free add-on through Firefox. See:

    Selection-based search is really helpful. One GREAT feature of KallOut is BestGuess. The challenge with selection-based search is that the user has to figure out which one to apply to his selection. It’s a little clunky once you get more than two or three. KallOut does a super job figuring out which accelerator you need to use for a given selection-based search request. Kallout — Accelerators for Firefox is actually kind of spooky when it works so well.

    Check it out! I agree that it’s a big step forward for the user to have the selection-based search bundled into the browser by default, however.

    “KALLOUT – Accelerators for Firefox” is available through Mozilla at


  2. Bluebeep says:

    I’m embarrassed to say this is the first time I’m looking at IE8. I’ve been using firefox.

    Web slices! What an awesome idea not only for the end user but from a business marketing perspective!

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