Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 15th Sep 2010 19:14 UTC
Internet Explorer After several months and preview releases, Microsoft has finally lifted the curtain for the Windows Explorer 9 beta release. Internet Explorer 9 is Microsoft's attempt at not just catching up to the competition, but at actually surpassing them. Since enough sites will be focusing on just how many nanoseconds faster or slower the beta is compared to the competition, I'll talk a little about the new minimalist interface.
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This is likely related to the WPF font rendering issue. Basically a lot of people prefer the older (GDI) method and I agree. It tends to be more noticeable for fonts that are not designed for ClearType. They better get this figured out before the release.

They're using WPF? from what I understand they're using Direct2D/DirectWrite for their rendering which is hardware accelerated thus very much dependent on the quality of the underlying video card drivers. On Firefox development lists there are inconsistencies being noted by some developers between different video cards and driver versions. Hopefully with this move to hardware acceleration and demand for greater consistent experience that we will see the quality of the drivers improve.

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