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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