Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 12th Apr 2011 18:33 UTC
Internet Explorer So, have you installed Internet Explorer 9 yet on your Windows machine? No? Well, feel assured in the knowledge that at MIX11 today, Microsoft announced Internet Explorer 10, while also pushing out the very first preview release. Also, IE10 (can I call it IEX? Can I? Can I?) was demonstrated running on Windows for ARM.
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Lennie
Member since:
2007-09-22

The whole full vs. partial hardware acceleration debate is mostly bull from Microsoft marketing department.

The people from Chrome haven't released a stable browser with hardware acceleration turned on by default yet.

See how they didn't test with Firefox 4 ? Which uses the exact same API's as IE from Microsoft on the Microsoft Windows platform and similair API's on Windows XP.

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Hiev Member since:
2005-09-27

I did the test in Firefox 4 and is slow as a snail and it doesn't render the page well.

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Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

But was hardware acceleration enabled ?

At this point I haven't even found a piece of hardware at home or at work where acceleration works flawless all the time. That is atleast 10 different hardware configurations.

Not in IE or Firefox or Opera, so I can't even test it.

Usually IE9 just crashes if I try to use it, it also crashes Chrome (not just tabs) or I need to reboot the computer to get a proper working desktop again.

The things that do work and I'm able to test with hardware acceleration enabled IE is faster at some things, Firefox is faster at others. It didn't really matter much.

Usually not with a big difference though.

Edited 2011-04-12 22:33 UTC

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Brunis Member since:
2005-11-01

The whole full vs. partial hardware acceleration debate is mostly bull from Microsoft marketing department.

The people from Chrome haven't released a stable browser with hardware acceleration turned on by default yet.

See how they didn't test with Firefox 4 ? Which uses the exact same API's as IE from Microsoft on the Microsoft Windows platform and similair API's on Windows XP.


I conducted my own tests and hw acceleration in Firefox and Chrome is so slow calling it 'acceleration' is a stretch!

They might be using opengl/directX2/3D to composite layers and whatnot, but how is that useful? A speed increase in redraw of 10% .. oh my .. how about SVG? A little bling and animation and all but IE grinds to a halt.. sad.

I love my new default browser Firefox4, but something needs to happen on their so-called 'acceleration' ..

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smitty Member since:
2005-10-13

Most of the cases where Firefox is slower than IE in their demos has been shown to have nothing to do with hardware acceleration. It's nearly always slow javascript or DOM performance in some hotspot in the code that gets called 1000 times a second. For FF5 they added a little patch to cache 1 security check and ended up getting twice the performance of FF4 in some of those demos they were slow in, and there are lots of little performance bugs like that. They even forgot to turn on the profile-guided compilation for FF4, and switching that on bumped javascript performance by 10-15% without changing a line of code.

What IE has done really well is to create a bunch of demos, and then tune their browser around them. They've become the most common place to try out these new features, which means that because they tuned their browser against those tests they usually end up with an advantage. 3rd part tests would be much more fair, but at this point most people are just content to use the tests MS created.

Edited 2011-04-13 01:53 UTC

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