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 kaiwai on Sun 27th Jun 2010 10:22 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Real tests"
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Using GPU accel isn't straight performance win:

Maybe that might explain why Microsoft noted that there are some things that 2D hardware acceleration improves in some areas and makes no difference in others. I think they did a benchmark after re-enabling hardware acceleration of GDI and it wasn't an across the board speed increase.

I guess as the blog you pointed out notes, hardware acceleration isn't the panacea to cure all of life's problems which probably explains why Apple was so reluctant to provide a interface for hardware accelerated decoding - I've run Flash 10.1 Gala and the hardware offloading of decoding has had negligible impact on over all CPU utilisation.

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