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Microsoft launches an IE9 platform preview

HTML5 and enhanced Javascript incoming
Tue Mar 16 2010, 16:56

MICROSOFT HAS LAUNCHED a fresh volley in its battle to maintain its strength in the online arena, with the launch of a platform preview of Internet Explorer 9.

At the company's MIX10 conference in Las Vegas, Dean Hachamovitch, general manager of Internet Explorer at Microsoft, unveiled the new browser which includes expanded support for HTML5 and hardware-accelerated graphics and text.

Also on display was a new JavaScript engine, which includes support for multi-core processors.

As far as HTML5 goes, Microsoft has graciously conceded to several HTML5 specifications, including CSS3, Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), XHTML parsing, and the video and audio tags using industry-standard (H.264/MPEG4 and MP3/AAC) codecs, among others.

Now that the Vole no longer has the ability to automatically install Internet Explorer on every Windows PC, the company has to actually focus on making its browser at least as good at that of the competition.

In the spirit of camaraderie and interoperability, Microsoft has also said it is contributing to the development of new features and enhancements in the jQuery JavaScript Library which aims to help improve the development process of standards-based web applications and which Microsoft has said it will actively promote by packaging it with Visual Studio 2010 and ASP.NET MVC 2.

It has also shared the release of new software development kits for the Open Data Protocol (OData), an HTTP and Atom-based based system compatible with several programming languages and platforms including .NET, Java, PHP, Objective-C and Javascript.

Developers can download the Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview here and will be able to track the progress of development with new code refreshes approximately every eight weeks leading up to the beta release. µ


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