Join Microsoft for the IE8 FireStarter Event

Since Internet Explorer 8 made its beta debut, there has been much talk about its new features, a lot of which lately has centered on Web Slices – those bits of code that allow for interactive bookmarks that pop-up small windows of live web content within your browser window. But while Web Slices are definitely cool, they’re only one of the many new things being added to the browser. IE8 is also adding Accelerators, visual search, private browsing, color-coded tabs, and so much more. It’s also more secure than ever before and standards-compliant.

However, if you’re an I.T. Professional or developer, your concerns about what’s new in IE8 will go beyond just wanting to know about its UI changes. You’ll also want to learn about things like deployment best practices, compatibility and migration issues, and add-on development procedures. For all of you folks, Microsoft is hosting a daylong event where you can learn everything you need to know about deploying and administering IE8 in a business environment.

The upcoming event is called “Internet Explorer FireStarter” and it’s going to be held on March 26th, 2009 beginning at 8:15 AM PST. The event will be hosted on Microsoft’s campus (Building: Redwest-E – Room: Emerald Auditorium) but for those outside of Redmond, you can register to attend FireStarter virtually instead.

The IE8 FireStarter event will begin with a Keynote speech by Dean Hachamovitch then will delve into new features, especially those that relate to enterprise deployment. You can see the full schedule here if you want to pick and choose just the sessions which are relevant to you.

You can follow Mithun Dhar’s blog for more details about this, too. On the day of the event, his blog will host a chat site where you’ll be able to submit questions to the various FireStarter speakers. The chat will be handled by a few Microsoft moderators who will help everyone’s questions get answered during the Q&A’s.  Stay tuned here for more information.

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