Internet Explorer 9 : The first information released
November 19th, 2009 - 05:31 am ET by J. G.
During the Professional Developers Conference 2009, Microsoft took advantage of the occasion to bring up the next major version of Internet Explorer.
Microsoft has started to release information about the next major version of their Internet Explorer web browser, without getting into too many details. Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows and Windows Live division at Microsoft, indicated that Internet Explorer 9 is still in the early stages of development, with work having started barley three weeks ago. And in the words of Microsoft, there is still a lot to do.
Steven Sinofsky firstly insisted that the Web standards would be respected, providing details of the first Acid3 test results on the IE9 builds. Already better when compared to IE8, as IE9 achieved a score of 32 out of 100, while its predecessor never achieved higher than 20. This is a score which Microsoft is looking to greatly improve upon, as other competing browsers are well advanced with stable versions of Opera, Safari and even Google Chrome scoring near perfect scores, while Firefox 3.5 scores 93 out of 100.
Steven Sinofsky pointed out that IE9 will take particular interest in CSS3. IE9 has already taken giant steps from this point of view in regards to the CSS3 Selectors test, with the browsers score being 574 from 578 tests, while IE8 only scored 330. Microsoft is also looking to provide support for HTML 5 by looking to get heavily involved in this, even though the new standard is still a little hazy. On the IE Blog, numerous users were disappointed that IE9 wouldn’t be adopting the open source WebKit engine as previously rumoured.
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For IE9, Microsoft also has the objective of using graphics acceleration based on DirectX so as to "use all of the PC’s power when surfing the Web". During a demonstration, Steven Sinofsky indicated that with Bing Maps, IE8 was able to display close to 14 frames per second. With the hardware acceleration in IE9, this rate passed 60 frames per second. This technology (Direct Write and Direct 2D support) also allows for an improvement in the quality of fonts displayed.