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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RE[7]: Real tests
by Nelson on Sat 26th Jun 2010 16:38 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Real tests"
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Why doesn't Microsoft just write the browser for them? Seriously? A system-wide canvas library? What on earth?

Microsoft does the best that they could, Direct2D is a relatively simple API (though still a COM API, but ugh), but simple nonetheless.

HW Accelerated canvas drawing is simply a consequence of the entire renderer being written in Direct2D.

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