Microsoft Releases Internet Explorer 10 Preview

While the Internet Explorer user base is just switching to IE9, Microsoft today unveiled the first platform preview of Internet Explorer 10 at MIX11. In his keynote, Dean Hachamovitch, corporate vice president of Internet Explorer, outlined how IE10 builds on the native HTML5 support delivered in IE9.

“The only native experience of HTML5 on the Web today is on Windows 7 with Internet Explorer 9,” Hachamovitch said. “With Internet Explorer 9, websites can take advantage of the power of modern hardware and a modern operating system and deliver experiences that were not possible a year ago. Internet Explorer 10 will push the boundaries of what developers can do on the Web even further.”

The first platform preview of Internet Explorer 10 includes support for additional standards, such as CSS3 Gradients on background images and CSS3 Flexible Box Layout.

Developers can download the Internet Explorer 10 Platform Preview and provide direct feedback through new code refreshes approximately every 12 weeks.

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  • Silmarunya
    Good to see that MS upped its game, but will it be enough? What can IE 9 and even 10 bring to the table to stop IE's decline?

    Speed? It's not subjectively faster than the other major browsers on a modern computer. We're currently at a point where all browsers are fast enough to be pleasant to use, and ultimately that's all that matters.

    Better hardware acceleration? All browsers either have it too or have it in their alpha/beta releases. By the time it picks up pace, all major players will have it.

    UI? Not nearly as good as the others (imo). The favorites bar and other toolbars don't share the rest of the UI's transparency and thus stick out like sore thumbs.

    Ad ons? Non existant, 'nuff said.

    Other features? No integrated e-mail client, torrent client, advanced network settings,...

    Cross platform support? None whatsoever. Opera, Firefox and Chrome can be synced between as many computers as you want, even if some of them run Linux, Mac OS X or even Android. Eat that, IE.

    Ultimately, IE is good for corporate use, where its mixture of good enough speed, hgih stability and comp ability matters more than features. However, the web moves more towards open standards, meaning that the era of IE only sites is over. And then, the added features of IE's competitors will really start to shine.
  • Silmarunya
    Removed (accidental double post)
  • swamprat
    I've yet to see a picture of a lass in a Chrome top (whether logo based or just very shiny), that's a factor that gets left out of a lot of these browser comparisons.