The application can be downloaded from Microsoft's website free of cost for people using licensed Microsoft operating systems. IE8 is an integral part of Microsoft's eagerly awaited Windows 7 operating system. It has been in public for beta testing for about a year.
Microsoft sources said that IE8 will run with Windows Vista and also with Windows XP. IE8 has new features like right-clicking on addresses or other Web features to go straight to a map or put into a blog or other website, which Microsoft calls an 'accelerator'. Users can also put in keywords in the address bar to recall sites visited related to that word.