A new Internet Explorer extension is designed to help users keep track of the ever evolving web.

Modern dynamic websites are updated and refreshed extremely often, and customers can turn to Diff-IE Add-on for Internet Explorer in order to have the modifications highlighted to them.

The add-on has been developed my Microsoft Research and is available for download free of charge.

According to the Redmond company, the Diff-IE Add-on for Internet Explorer is set up to play nice with the most recent versions of IE, including the Beta development milestone of Internet Explorer 9 (IE9).

“Diff-IE is a prototype Internet Explorer Add-on that: highlights the changes to a page since the last time you visited it [and]allows you to view – and compare – previously cached versions of a page,” Microsoft explained.

“When changes are made obvious, especially the subtle and unexpected ones, you get a whole lot more out of the web pages you visit.”

A few examples of just what to expect from Diff-IE are available on Microsoft’s Research site that is reserved for the extension.

Of course, users can always download the add-on and try it for themselves. Browser releases such as IE9 offer them the possibility to easily disable add-ons if they find them to be useless.

“Diff-IE requires Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7, and Internet Explorer 7, 8, or 9 beta. Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows are supported, but only 32-bit Internet Explorer,” the software giant added.

Microsoft Research is also offering insight into the reasons why the Diff-IE Add-on was built.

In this regard, two whitepapers are offered to users: “A Longitudinal Study of How Highlighting Web Content Change Affects People’s Web Interactions” (here) and “Changing How People View Changes on the Web” (here).

The Diff-IE Add-on for Internet Explorer is available for download here.

Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) Beta is available for download x86 or x64.

Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) Platform Preview 7 (PP7) is available for download here.

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