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Microsoft outs cross domain sharing in Internet Explorer 10 preview

Makes it easier for users to share files
Wed Nov 30 2011, 14:00

SOFTWARE REDEVELOPER Microsoft has released an updated Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) preview supporting what it calls cross origin resource sharing (CORS).

Microsoft's IE10 is set to be released with the firm's upcoming Windows 8 operating system and the company has been banging on about the browser's support for and performance of HTML5. In the latest IE10 preview, the firm has shown off CORS, allowing users to share data from multiple applications through HTML and XML.

Microsoft also revealed CSS user-select, Javascript typed arrays and File API Writer support. The firm was also keen to show that IE10's rendering outperformed that of Google's Chrome web browser. However, unlike Chrome or Mozilla's Firefox, the IE10 preview is only available on Windows 8.

Talking of IE10's CORS and its latest CSS tricks, Rob Mauceri, group programme manager for Microsoft's Internet Explorer said, "These foundational capabilities are what developers building native applications depend on: working with binary data and files, controlling selection and hit testing in application UI, and providing accessible video content with captioning. The features in this platform preview are available to Web pages now, and will be available to Metro style applications in Windows 8."

Microsoft's support for open industry standards with Internet Explorer seems to be the real deal. Not only has the company all but banished Silverlight, the firm has repeatedly claimed it has better open standards compliance in IE9 and the upcoming IE10.

Developers who want to try out Microsoft's latest IE10 will have to download and install the Windows 8 operating system developer preview release first. µ


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