First Look – Microsoft today released the second beta of its upcoming Internet Explorer 8 web browser with a boatload of new functionality over the first beta that made its debut in March of this year. The company highlights 50 features that address usability, security, compatibility, manageability and a couple tools that are unique to IE. The outcome is a browser which engineers clearly designed with innovation in mind. In some parts that works, in others it does not. Expect a browser that is vastly more complex than its predecessor and that offers a completely different browsing experience than Firefox.