Expect crash recovery features in new IE8 builds

Late Wednesday, a Microsoft spokesperson told BetaNews that a TechEd session in Orlando today summarized some of Internet Explorer 8's key new features for administrators, one of them being crash recovery. One much improved feature added to the earliest public betas of Mozilla Firefox 3.0 is its ability to remember and recall open pages on a forced exit or a crash -- a feature which was originally integrated into Firefox 2.0, but which frankly didn't work all that well. That version crashed more often, in our experience, and only sometimes recalled its previous state.

Similar functionality is likely to be added to IE8, BetaNews was told today by Microsoft. The list of additions also included three other items which, we were surprised to note, were more confirmations of what we already knew rather than indications of new things to come. First of all, administrators will be able to add IE8 to their image-based deployments of Windows Vista, using System Center Configuration Manager. (If they couldn't, that would be a problem.)

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FF2 user here, i've never had problems with crash recovery and it always recalled its previous state 100% of the time period.

I don't know how many people have had issues with the crash recovery in Firefox 2, but it has always worked for me and also when Firefox is forcefully closed for a restart, etc.

It is sad how the creator of the features implemented whether in Firefox or recently by IE have been invented a long long time ago by Opera. But people only see IE and Firefox. They both copied Opera. Multi tab browsing, crash recovery, save session, innumerable shortcuts, feeds, etc... etc... etc...
Yes life is unfair, inventors are frogotten, all whom we do remember sometimes are the copiers!

Instead of trying to focus how to recover there crap software they could better spend that time on letting the standards work in internet explorer. If this is one of the main features maybe they should start thinking what they do wrong because this isnt usefull and totally not needed.

(lammmetak said @ #14)
Instead of trying to focus how to recover there crap software they could better spend that time on letting the standards work in internet explorer. If this is one of the main features maybe they should start thinking what they do wrong because this isnt usefull and totally not needed.

Oh, you mean kinda how like IE8 *is* now standards compliant and actually passes Acid Test 2?

I'll try not to mention the huge number of sites out there that don't work properly on it anymore thanks to its standards compliance, unless you go to IE7 emulation mode.

"a feature which was originally integrated into Firefox 2.0, but which frankly didn't work all that well"

I really wish that these news articles had factual information in them rather than random FUD.

The crash recovery in FF 2 has always worked. It will be nice when IE8 implements their crash recovery too.

The crash recovery in FF 2 has always worked.

Sho' nuff. I sometimes deliberately kill the process at the end of the day so I can maintain a session of related pages for the next day, sort of like hibernation.

WTH, crash recovery is already there in IE 8 current build! how is this news!
plus unlike Fx in which the whole browser crashes. In IE 8 only the problematic tab crashes and is recovered.

Hmm.. its interresting that in the article FX is mentioned but not Opera dince it was Opera who invented the feature and first implemented it.

While this is true, Firefox is the browser that brought the feature to peoples attention, if only down to browser market share. A little unfair, but maybe Fx is how the article writer found the feature.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't Opera the browser that had this feature first?

Why MS keeps adding IE7 compatibility I don't know. IE6 compatibility would be more important because that ****** of a browser is still haunting every web developer. IE7 worked fairly well on websites designed first for Firefox or Opera.

While it's good that MS is trying to catch up to other browsers, there is really nothing to be excited about in IE8 other than standards compliance. What would be exciting is if MS force-fed it to users, eliminating IE6 once and for all.

(LaXu said @ #2)
Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't Opera the browser that had this feature first?

Why MS keeps adding IE7 compatibility I don't know. IE6 compatibility would be more important because that ****** of a browser is still haunting every web developer. IE7 worked fairly well on websites designed first for Firefox or Opera.

While it's good that MS is trying to catch up to other browsers, there is really nothing to be excited about in IE8 other than standards compliance. What would be exciting is if MS force-fed it to users, eliminating IE6 once and for all.

I think maybe the better thing would be if Microsoft actually created standards compliant website authoriing tools from the beginning, then one would be in the snook they are in today. Maybe if they did from day one, then they could point their fingers at people not using quality tools.

Mind you, anyone who uses Dreamweaver/GoLive! or any other 'website builder' needs to be given a public flogging.

(LaXu said @ #2)
What would be exciting is if MS force-fed it to users, eliminating IE6 once and for all.

Not going to happen, quite frankly. A huge portion of the corporate world still uses IE6, and they won't be changing any time soon simply because quite a lot of corporate web applications just don't WORK on newer browsers.

Re-write you say? Sure... You gonna pay for that? Corporations sure as hell won't pay to have potentially millions of dollars of software to be rewritten just because some geeks on the internet don't like the way IE6 does things. As long as the corporations want IE6, MS will NOT be forcing newer browsers on people.