I despise it. I have it on my workstation and it rarely displays pages correctly(forms and buttons are so microscopic even in compatibility mode.) It's slow, Chrome and Firefox are better options IMO. IE died when version 6 was left rotting without any new improvements for several years.
All microsoft thrashing aside, it's a very bad piece of software. IE7 is better, IMO. Maybe wait a couple of months for it to mature in the wild, then put it on your machine. That's what I'm doing. I have it on one machine - this one in fact. It's slower than 7. Of course all I use it for is running updates. Firefox 3 is a very nice alternative.
All microsoft thrashing aside, it's a very bad piece of software. IE7 is better, IMO. Maybe wait a couple of months for it to mature in the wild, then put it on your machine. That's what I'm doing. I have it on one machine - this one in fact. It's slower than 7.
+1 Had it on this laptop with auto download. Tried it, Hated it. Example, on BITOG kept getting a broken link looking thingy next to the address bar. Made it work slower, and implied that some sites weren't set/updated enough for IE8. Went back to 7, changed preference to notify but don't download or install, and finally figured out how to get rid of the darn yellow shield in lower toolbar.
Might try it later but not now.
I haven't used IE8 much, don't have it on a PC here, but...
I have used Firefox for a few years, and been very satisfied. Since I starting using 3.x, however, I get frequent crashes on a few sites.
Ex, it will crash in Yahoo mail classic once in a while. No big deal unless I lose a time-consuming composition.
But, FF 3.x (from 3.0.1 to 3.0.11 I am using now) crash about every other time I open iGoogle. I keep thinking the next 3.0.x will fix it, but it doesn't.
I'm sticking with Firefox, but this crash can be annoying. I must remember not to open iGoogle when I am working on a process in another FF window. The recovery feature is great, but doesn't always work as hoped due to restrictions imposed by the web site.
BTW, I think one reason IE8 can be so slow due to the checks it attempts for every site you visit.