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Microsoft releases developer's preview of Internet Explorer 9

GPU accelerated graphics, plus HTML5

By: Sean Kalinich from Mar 16, 2010 @ 16:36 CDT

Today Microsoft made a pretty cool announcement at MX10. Normally an announcement about a new version of Internet Explorer would not be a big deal. However, this time we find that MS is going to give us some new features that just might make it a big deal. One of the first is new support for GPU accelerated HTML5 based graphics.

There is also support for a new JavaScript engine, Direct 2D, CSS3, Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), XHTML parsing, and a few other items. The announcement included the release of a developer's preview. This preview does not include a new GUI so things won't look exactly stunning but it will give developers a chance to get in at the ground floor and get the next version of IE right.

Of course the GPU acceleration will be another place that NVIDIA and AMD can argue, and any version of Internet Explorer (no matter how open) is sure to cause Anti-Trust rumblings somewhere. It will be an interesting time until this one is released...




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