Internet explorer 9 Preview
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Microsoft has just released the fourth and final IE9 developer preview, little bit ahead of schedule.The news is much the same as the previous release: More hardware acceleration! Faster! More standards compliant! But there’s some juicy stuff under the hood, too — read on, if you want technical details. If you want developer-level stuff, check the IE team’s new blog post. .
First, it looks like audio is now hardware accelerated. There’s both a multi-track mixer/sampling demo, and some daft Hamster Dance Revolution game — both show off strong audio processing abilities. I’ve never really thought of audio as being important for the Web platform, but I guess if we’re going to see increasingly-complex in-the-browser games and applications, having hardware audio access is highly desirable.
Next, there’s yet more support and hardware acceleration for SVG animation. Have a go with the dice rolling demo or the aforementioned music games — pretty damn cool for in-the-browser animation.
Surely it then becomes a matter of end-user experience. If IE9 launches later this year, it might have the edge for a while, but the whole point of open standards like HTML, CSS, JS and SVG is that every browser can support them. I worry that the Internet
Explorer team might produce a fantastic browser, but one that simply isn’t as.
Posted on August 6, 2010, in internet, Technical, Windows and tagged audio access, browser animation, content providers, daft, developer level, developer preview, fine shape, hardware acceleration, ie9, msdn, platform preview, previous release, technical details, web platform. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Internet explorer 9 Preview.