Auto Suggest, new in IE 8 with Search Providers (and coming to

By Kip Kniskern | In News | Posted August 27, 2008 17 comments

IE 8 Beta 2 just came out today, and one of the interesting new features comes in the search bar, in the form of Auto Suggest.  We’ve seen these types of suggestions to searches before, most commonly included in toolbars such as the Windows Live Toolbar, but this new feature, built in to IE 8 Beta 2, not only is built in and makes for a seamless experience, but has some great cross Search provider features as well.  To start, type something into the search bar at the top right of Internet Explorer:


A list of suggestions drops down, including most popular suggestions and also a list of suggestions stemming from your browsing history.  But to get the full effects of the feature, add in some other Search Providers:


and then run a comparison between search providers, or narrow your search to Wikipedia (or eBay, or Amazon, etc).  This way you can leave your default at Live Search but check results in other browsers, for example.  A really nice little feature, now built in to IE 8 Beta 2.  You can learn more about Search Providers on the IE website

And it looks like this same functionality may soon be coming to  Currently in limited testing (and leave us a comment if you’ve seen it), may soon feature the same drop down auto-suggest functionality, depending on the feedback they receive from their limited flights of this new feature:


I’ve always liked these auto suggest features, but never liked having to install a toolbar to get them, so I’m looking forward to trying it out in IE 8, and looking for it on

One additional note on IE 8 (thanks for the tip, Chuck!), this from the XP download release notes:

Windows Live Mail

Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 and Windows Live Mail are currently incompatible. If you install Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2, Windows Live Mail will crash when you create or reply to an e-mail message. No workaround is currently available.

Not good news for XP/Live Mail/IE users.  The note is not included in the Vista version of the release notes.

Posted August 27th, 2008 at 12:07 am
Category: News
Tags: IE8, Live Search
  • Khristopher

    Doesn’t crash on me and I’m on XP with Live Mail. Just tried creating a message and it brought up the create message window without issue.

  • nikhil_jain

    Its n’t wrking wel wth m hotmail id..!!
    screen not show properly..!!

  • Alber1690

    Has that drop-down list feature been on Google for a while now? Or is it new? I just visited it today and since I use Live Search I don’t know.

  • nnbe

    no crash on me too with XP SP3 and WLM

  • nikhil_jain


    i want to knw that inPrivate browsing features wrk on Company intranet also.

    meanz wheter our browsing History, software download or any log store on server or n’t..

    plz i want to knw this ..

  • John OBrien

    Co-incidence that google released “Google suggest” today?,news-2474.html
    Its a very powerful feature that many have had working in “beta” format for years and years but I think Yahoo was the first to roll it into production?

  • quikboy

    That’s pretty awesome. About time. I’m really surprised that IE8 is actually getting so many features. I saw Beta 1, and thought meh.

    It’d be nice to see more Windows Live/Live Search in the mix with IE8. Not just the built-in search box, and Accelerators, but also WebSlices (A glance at Hotmail inbox, anyone?), Favorites syncing, and even a new redesigned Live Toolbar.

    I can’t wait for the auto complete in Live Search. It’d be so useful, though I usually Live Search straight from the Toolbar.

  • BV2312

    If you have an issue with Hotmail just delete cache, temp files and cookies then it should look normal

  • nikhil_jain


    Thanx for ur reply..

    cn u gve ans of m ques regading inprivate mention above comment..??

  • BV2312

    @Nikhil Jain

    Hey, firstly you shouldn’t really install anything on a company pc without asking the technicians especially when it’s still in beta.

    secondly it all depends on the infrastructure at the company, personally i wouldn’t use inprivate broswering at work

  • Mephiles

    Wow. I have to admit. It’s not a bad browser at all.

  • http://windowslivehotmail fab


    When I open the Windows program live hotmail, I cannot reach the full version and am thus redirected towards the traditional version and once my messages posted, it is impossible for me to open them. A message in yellow in bottom of the page on the left is posted: loading in progress and then nothing, I remain blocked on this message. On the other hand I can send messages? Tested with firefox or other, even problem. What is strange it’ is that I can open my messages on another PC.

    Thank you to help me

  • BV2312

    @fab have you deleted you temp files?

  • fab


  • Ryan

    I’ve seen the autosuggest on multiple occaions, every once and a while at home, but when at school it always shows up. hmm

  • evok

    I would imagine that inPrivate browsing would work as it intends to, not storing history information and all, but don’t count on it to hide what it is you’re looking at. The IT department will still be able to see what websites you’re going to by looking at the traffic.

  • evok

    My post is directed to nikhil_jain by the way.