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Independent.ie brings out branded web browser


Website users looking to get more from their favourite news site will now be able to download a branded web browser that gives them default access to the Independent.ie's online content and functions.

Independent.ie has partnered with Microsoft Ireland to deliver their own Internet Explorer 8 web browser.

The browser is a must for readers as it includes Independent.ie content and functions embedded in the browser, offering readers instant access to Independent.ie news, sport, entertainment and other website content in one simple click.

Personalised widgets featuring Independent.ie content appear in the browser favourities bar at the top of the page. The webslices notify users of content changes, meaning readers are kept up to date with Independent.ie content regardless of which website they are visiting.

Independent.ie’s search engine is the default search option enabling readers to search across more than 10 years of material from Irish Independent, Sunday Independent and 14 Irish regional newspapers, including The Kerryman , Corkman , Wexford People and Drogheda Independent .

In addition, readers have access to all online content, including Irish and international breaking news. Microsoft’s new search engine Bing will also be available to users through this unique piece of software.

The browser comes pre-installed with bookmarks to a range of Independent News Media's worldwide websites covering news, classifieds and lifestyle from Ireland, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa.

This is part of an ongoing innovation programme in Independent Digital, publishers of independent.ie according to Independent Digital's Chief Technology Officer, Patrick Lenehan. "Innovation is key to our success and a partnership with Microsoft provides access to great technology and clever people," he said.

The partnership between Independent.ie and Microsoft offers users a browser that gives them simple, instant access to content on the Independent.ie website, according to Microsoft’s Client Manager, Ronald Dockery. "It gives users what they want, in terms of a simplified and safe web browsing experience via the fastest browser available right now" he said.

Readers who wish to download the browser should visit www.microsoft.com/ireland/ie8independent

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