Get Latest Activities & WebSlices Features of Internet Explorer 8.0 in Firefox

by Jawwad in Firefox, Software, Windows | 2 comments

Internet Explorer 8.0 beta 1 has recently been released to the public and two of the most hyped features of the new version are Activities and WebSlices. Activities is like a web-service to which you can direct some selected text so that it can perform an action and return the result such as checking a word definition from Microsoft Encarata or finding a map of a place using Yahoo Maps etc. Webslices in Internet Explorer 8.0 allows to subscribe to a part of a webpage you are currently viewing in the web-browser much like RSS feeds and as such this feature may turn out to be very useful.

msactivities thumb | Get Latest Activities & WebSlices Features of Internet Explorer 8.0 in Firefox

webchunks thumb | Get Latest Activities & WebSlices Features of Internet Explorer 8.0 in Firefox

I think activities feature has existed in Firefox in more or less similar way via use of extensions. Operator is one of the extensions that lets you to combine pieces of information on different websites in meaningful ways using Microformats and there are some other extensions as well. Webslices feature seems to be a more original concept that do not have any equivalent in Firefox according to what I have seen so far.

Now we don’t need to rely on the Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 for just to use these features because we can get these two features in our beloved Firefox courtesy of two new Firefox extensions! Microsoft Activities is brought to us by the author of the Operator Firefox extension. To use Microsoft Activities you first need to subscribe to few Providers from Microsoft. WebSlice’s equivalent in Firefox is called WebChunks. WebChunks is an early implementation of WebSlices that detects webslices in a webpage and allows to subscribe to them via a toolbar. Again to use WebSlices you first need to subscribe to few Providers from Microsoft. There are few providers for now for these services but I hope that Microsoft will provide more with the time.

You can get the Microsoft Activities from here and WebChunks from here. Both of these should work with the latest Firefox 3.0 nightlies as well.

Source: MozillaLinks and

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  • Nirmal

    Firefox developers are quick to act on anything new in IE. :-)

  • Jawwad

    Nirmal: Actually I was also thinking on the same line :smile: I think his where the power Firefox extensibility(via extensions) and a strong developing community really shows. It is so difficult to quickly follow whats happening in the land of rival web browsers and mirror the key features itself for any browser EXCEPT Firefox. Firefox is really quick to act on any development in Opera world as well. I am sure you know what I mean(hint- tab preview, dial feature and others).
    This news is also an answer to the people that think that Opera widgets and Firefox extension are more less similar(in capability).

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