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Microsoft IE 9 Released

by Alex Blewitt on  Mar 15, 2011 1

Microsoft released IE9, its flagship internet browser, at the SxSW conference yesterday. This brings IE into closer alignment with current web browsers, as it introduces some level of HTML5 support and achieves a 95% pass rate on the Acid 3 tests.

HTML5 Labs–A Website for Prototyping New Web Technologies

by Abel Avram on  Dec 22, 2010 3

Microsoft has decided not to include emerging web technologies still under development in IE9, providing instead HTML5 Labs, a website for testing prototype technologies such as IndexedDB and WebSockets.

Adobe Launches Preview of 64-bit Flash Player with Hardware Accelerated Graphics in IE9

by Dio Synodinos on  Sep 17, 2010 5

Adobe has made available a preview of Adobe Flash player code-named “Square” that includes native 64-bit support for Linux, Mac, and Windows. It also includes enhanced support for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 Beta.

Where Does IE Spend Most Time When Loading a Page?

by Abel Avram on  Sep 07, 2010 4

Jason Weber, Lead Program Manager responsible for Internet Explorer Performance, has released some internal data showing where IE 8 spends most of its time while preparing a page then rendering it, suggesting what websites should be focusing on.

Last IE9 Platform Preview Available with Improved Performance and Standards Compliance

by Dio Synodinos on  Aug 07, 2010 1

Microsoft has released the fourth and last preview version of Internet Explorer 9, which features hardware acceleration, deep integration with the JS engine and has improvements in performance and adoption of standards like SVG, CSS, HTML5, etc.

Internet Explorer 9 Preview 3 Has Better HTML5 Support

by Abel Avram on  Jun 25, 2010

Internet Explorer Preview 3 comes with new HTML5 improvements, most notably being: audio, video and canvas, a faster JavaScript engine, more DOM and CSS features supported, support for embedded fonts, closing the HTML5 implementation gap with other browsers, and performing better in some areas due to hardware acceleration.

Microsoft’s HTML5 Compliance Test Results Are Disputed by Google, Mozilla, and Opera [UPDATED]

by Abel Avram on  Jun 10, 2010 4

Microsoft has posted the results for 192 tests grouped in 8 categories for HTML5, SVG 1.1, CSS3, and DOM Level 2&3 showing that IE9 Preview passes all of them with flying colors while Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Safari have mixed results varying from 0% to 100% depending on the category. The conclusion, that IE9 is the most compliant with W3C standards, is contested by Google, Mozilla, Opera.

Managed Extensions for Internet Explorer

by Jonathan Allen on  May 27, 2010

With .NET 4.0, writing reliable managed extensions for Internet Explorer has become possible. Unlike previous versions, each extension will run against the CLR it was compiled for instead of mindlessly grabbing the most recent version. Alas, COM interfaces are still needed.

Microsoft Tips the Scale in Favor of HTML 5 and H.264

by Abel Avram on  Apr 30, 2010 1

Dean Hachamovitch, General Manager for Internet Explorer at Microsoft, has announced that IE9 will use only the H.264 standard to play HTML 5 video. Microsoft seems to have become very committed to HTML 5, while Flash loses even more ground. The announcement came the same day Steve Jobs detailed why Apple does not accept Flash on iPhone and iPad.

Internet Explorer 9 Preview: New Features and Analysis

by Dio Synodinos on  Mar 19, 2010 5

Microsoft has released a preview version of Internet Explorer 9 with improvements in performance and adoption of standards like SVG, CSS, HTML5 and more.

Chrome 4 Now Supports the HTML 5 Web SQL Database API

by Abel Avram on  Feb 18, 2010 8

Google has announced support for the HTML 5 Web SQL Database API, and others are likely to follow soon or have already started on support for this API. In the meantime, the completion of the specification is blocked because all the implementers involved have chosen to use SQLite as underlying database, and multiple independent implementations are required for standardization.

Google Will Stop Supporting Older Browsers

by Abel Avram on  Feb 15, 2010

Google has announced they will stop supporting older and less secure browsers like IE6, Firefox 2.x, Chrome 3 or Safari 2 starting with Google Docs and Google Sites editor from March 1st, 2010.

5 Security Enhancements in Chrome

by Abel Avram on  Feb 04, 2010

Google has added five security enhancements to Chrome in order to make browsing more secure: cross-documents message posting, Strict Transport Security, Origin and X-Frame-Options header fields, and Reflective XSS Filter. Some of these features have already been or are to be implemented by other browsers.

The HTML 5 sandbox Attribute Improves iFrame Security

by Abel Avram on  Jan 28, 2010

The Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group (WHATWG) is working jointly with W3C on developing the HTML 5 standard, which has been at "Last Call" at WHATWG for the last 3 months. During this time one feature which has changed more significantly is the sandbox attribute of the iframe element. sandbox can be used to isolate untrusted web page content from performing certain operations.

IE and Firefox Will Be Using DirectX for Rendering

by Abel Avram on  Nov 25, 2009 3

Both IE and Mozilla teams are currently working on using DirectX/GPU for page rendering while Google is considering it.

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