The new web feast is set up; Microsoft has launched its RC1 of Internet Explorer 8. Microsoft is strongly hoping that this version of IE will dominate the web world for long.

Previously Internet Explorer’s popularity and usage was minimized because of other explorers that were launched. These competitors include Mozilla Firefox, Apple’ Safari and Opera, and Google Chrome.

Though Microsoft’s browser is still the most used, it has seen a decrease of 20 percent profit earnings. This upgrade was inevitable as the other explorers can take away more from Microsoft.

Therefore an enhanced version had to be launched with advanced features that can help speed up browsing and net surfing. Dean Hachamovitch, General Manager Microsoft Internet Explorer, “IE8 [is] focused on how people really use the web,”

Though web today provides enhanced speedy functions comparing to past, yet more speed is always on demand. Hachamovitch says, “Consumers want a browser that makes the tasks they do every day faster and easier.

The activities people spend their time on define real-world performance: navigating to websites, working with tabs, searching, keeping track of changing information (like traffic or an auction), and using the information from one site with another (as in getting a map).

For so many years, IE has proved to be a reliable source of net surfing with the most minimized troubles faced by users. “Everyone wants a trustworthy browser that keeps them in control and protects their safety.

Developers want great developer tools, great interoperability and a powerful platform that enables them to innovate”, says Hachamovitch.