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[5]: Real tests
by Nelson on Sat 26th Jun 2010 16:46 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Real tests"
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Why not simply use the GPU to accelerate the whole desktop, even text?

Windows comes dangerously close. At least on Windows7 GDI is more hardware accelerated than before, but not all the way. There is a real tradeoff between HW accelerating such an old API, and maintaining a decent memory footprint.

This way, all applications will equally benefit from accelerated performance, not just the browser ...

Oh, wait a minute, perhaps I see. Even your commercial competitor's application would benefit if you used the GPU to accelerate the whole desktop.

However, just the API has landed to do this on Windows Vista and Windows 7. It's called Direct2D.

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