The Google Operating System blog points out that the recently released Internet Explorer 8 packs in a good number of power user features for serious searching, including suggestions from the search bar, instant "answers," and right-click "accelerators." We're using "surprising" in the headline because, for most of its history, IE8 followed the company line of a lot of Microsoft products, extending advanced features only to in-house products like MSN, Hotmail, or the myriad of Live web services. Now IE8 can, however, pull in native search suggestions from Google, if you've made that your default search provider, and adding other search providers can give you things like direct jumps to Wikipedia pages and product image results from Amazon. Right-clicking a selected word or phrase brings up your installed accelerators, so you can translate with Google, map with Yahoo, or plug the words into any other service. Neat, useful stuff; a more detailed breakdown is offered by Alex at the link below.