Linked by Kroc Camen on Sat 26th Jun 2010 10:48 UTC
Internet Explorer Microsoft have released IE9 Platform Preview 3, an application that gives developers access to the IE9 rendering engine (it's not a full browser). In this update they have added hardware accelerated HTML5 Video, Canvas, Fonts (using WOFF) and big improvements in JavaScript with ES5, DOM Traversal, L2 and L3 events and 83/100 Acid3 score. It sits between Firefox and Chrome 6 on JavaScript speed, but outperforms every browser in real tests.
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IE9: Getting there
by lemur2 on Sat 26th Jun 2010 13:28 UTC
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83/100 Acid3 score, that is significantly better than any previous version of IE. IE might slowly be getting there, and that is very welcome news.

For comparison purposes: I'm using Mozilla Firefox 3.7a6pre on Kubuntu right now, here is a screenshot I took of the previous version:

http://ourlan.homelinux.net/qdig/?Qwd=./KDE4_desktop&Qif=minefield_...

This alpha version of Firefox includes Webm support, and crash protection, but it does not yet include hardware-accelerated Cairo (for Canvas) rendering:
http://blog.mozilla.com/joe/2010/05/25/hardware-accelerating-firefo...

nor does it yet include JaegerMonkey for javascript speed-up:
https://wiki.mozilla.org/JaegerMonkey

So the development of IE9 is apparently ahead of Firefox 4 in some areas, and behind in others (it is still a little way behind in standards support), but nevertheless IE9 is showing a lot of promise indeed. This is a very good thing, IMO.

Google have a WebM codec for Directshow, but AFAIK in order for IE9 to be able to make use of WebM video there will have to be a codec for Media Foundation. I'd expect that Google are working on that right now.

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