Microsoft is continuing to add new functionality to Internet Explorer 8, bundled with Windows 7 Release Candidate around the Windows 7-specific features, like tabs in the taskbar, jump list, and touch. One new feature is the new “tab-responsiveness,” which is designed to provide Microsoft and users with more feedback when a tab fails to open. Instead of whirring endlessly, leaving users wondering whether a Web site is down; not working with IE 8’s default standards mode; or what, a new tab dialog box is designed to pop up, allowing users to shut down proactively an unresponsive tab.
“Basically, IE’s frame uses a timer, and if the tab doesn’t respond within a given interval of time, the frame gives the user the choice to recover the page, close the page, or wait for the tab to respond. If the tab responds on its own, IE takes down these choices, ” explained IE blog.