Apparently 65 per cent of Brits agree that cheaper holiday deals can be found online than anywhere else. But 22 per cent also think it takes more preparation to book a trip on the Web than preparing for a job interview!

This is research carried out by Microsoft as it launches a holiday hunter-friendly version of its Internet Explorer 8 web browser in cooperation with Expedia.co.uk.

The focus of its new functionality is to simplify the travel search process, with drop-down menus (Webslices) offering Expedia features without the need to navigate away from the site you're on. There are also Accelerators (pre-defined Favourites) which links to sections of the main website if needed.


Expedia's Holiday Countdown gadget for Vista and Windows 7 PCs


Expedia's Holiday Countdown gadget for Vista and Windows 7 PCs

Additionally, an Expedia Holiday Countdown desktop gadget for Vista or Windows 7 is available for download, so users can know exactly how long they have to wait until they depart.

The new version of the browser is free, and available now.