A Web Slice is a specific portion of a webpage that you can subscribe to, and which enables you to see when updated content—such as the current temperature, or a changing auction price—is available from your favorite websites. Once you have subscribed to the Web Slice, it appears as a link on the Favorites bar. When the Web Slice is updated, the link on the Favorites bar will appear with bold formatting. You can then click the link to see the updated content.
The IE8 add-on directory offers a weather web-slice, but only for the Seattle, WA area. So, how do you setup a web-slice for your local weather?
Jump out to Live.com Search and enter your city and the word “weather” (with quotes). The result will look something like the following:
When you hover over the weather component in the Live.com Search resulting page with your mouse cursor, you’ll notice that a green feed button appears. Left-click on the green feed button and IE8 will ask if you want to subscribe to the new web-slice.
Once the new weather component is installed, you’ll have a new IE8 toolbar button which you can click to view the current, local weather conditions.
Here’s some cool new add-ons for IE8 – with many more coming…
Try accessing Betanews.com in IE8 Beta 2 and you’ll see a completely blank page.
Incidentally, if you use Maxthon (which uses the IE8 rendering engine), Betanews.com works fine…
Betanews.com works fine when you place IE8 Beta 2 in compatibility mode.
Interestingly, myITforum.com has no problems with IE8.
After installing IE8 Beta 2, I receive a similar message as show below on each and every link inside a RSS feed in Microsoft Outlook.
After a quick test, this error seems to be caused by Maxthon running as the default browser. When I use IE8 as the default browser, there are no error messages.
After installing IE8 Beta 2, I found that Maxthon no longer works. But, there’s a post in the Maxthon forums with a link to a Maxthon update that allows it to work with the new beta.
With Beta 2 close to releasing, Microsoft is expanding the beat program for IE8.
If you wish to be a part of making IE better by contributing great bug reports then please email IESO@microsoft.com. Include a little about yourself including why you’d be a great beta tester.
In this episode of TechNet Radio, Internet Explorer Program Manager Jane Maliouta answers questions about what's new in IE8 for consumers, businesses and web developers. July 15th, 2008
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