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Microsoft looks ahead to Internet Explorer 10

Microsoft just got Internet Explorer 9 out the door, but that doesn't meant that the boys from Redmond are taking a break -- they are already gearing up for Internet Explorer 10.

Microsoft dipped its toes in the HTML5 waters with IE9, but it is doing a full-blown cannonball with IE10, which it unveiled at MIX11. In its press statement announcing the availability of the IE10 Platform Preview, Microsoft claims that it "is leading the adoption of HTML5 with a long-term commitment to the standards process." 

“The only native experience of HTML5 on the Web today is on Windows 7 with Internet Explorer 9,” said Dean Hachamovitch, Corporate VP for Internet Explorer. “Internet Explorer 10 will push the boundaries of what developers can do on the Web even further.” 

Microsoft states that more and more consumers are carrying around multiple devices with them (notebooks, tablets, smartphones), while many others still rely on stationary computing devices like desktops PCs. Microsoft wants to ensure that consumers have a consistent web experience across all of these platforms and HTML5 is the web standard that will make this happen.

Here's a blurb from the IE Blog on what the team is doing to further expand its HTML5 compatibility/capabilities with IE10:

We’re about three weeks into development of IE10, and based on the progress we’ve made, we want to start engaging the development community now. At the MIX conference today, we showed the new browsing engine along with several new browser test drives that anyone on the Web can try out. You can run these at to see emerging standards like CSS3 Multi-column Layout (link), CSS3 Grid Layout (link) and CSS3 Flexible Box Layout (link), CSS3 Gradients (link), and ES5 Strict Mode in action. We also demonstrated additional standards support (like CSS3 Transitions (link) and CSS3 3D Transforms (link)) that will be available in subsequent platform previews of IE10, which we will update every 8-12 weeks.

If you'd like to take a look at what Microsoft has in store for IE10, you can check out the Internet Explorer 10 Platform Preview here.

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RE: Interface
By StraightCashHomey on 4/12/2011 3:09:21 PM , Rating: 4
To each his own. I actually prefer a clean look without all of the shit everywhere. I rarely print anything. Paper is getting obsolete.

RE: Interface
By ekv on 4/12/2011 4:39:58 PM , Rating: 2
I rarely print anything.
I bookmark, but links change too much. Hence, I print to PDF (files). However, IE9 has somehow broken the sw. I'll stick w/ Opera.

RE: Interface
By vol7ron on 4/12/2011 11:03:11 PM , Rating: 3
With all these widescreens these days, I'm wondering why not a vertical sidebar instead. I have more width real-estate than I really want all because monitor manufacturers think 16:9 is the demigod.

RE: Interface
By B3an on 4/13/2011 7:34:38 AM , Rating: 1
Exactly. As a web designer i HATE it when browsers and there users have about a million icons/bookmarks/bars and other sh*t installed in there browser, which takes up way too much space, leaving hardly any room on low res displays for the actual site i've just spent a month making. And thats the point of a browser - to show websites not tons of UI cr*p.

IE9 has the best and cleanest UI around. All browsers should be this clean and simple and i'm glad they're heading this way. Most of the options like history and bookmarks are still very easily accessible with a single mouse click.

RE: Interface
By augiem on 4/13/2011 2:40:01 PM , Rating: 2
I've been using Firefox for several years now as IE got too bloated, slow, and tabs wouldn't respond when a page was loading/stalled. I'm giving IE9 a shot along with FF4, and I must say IE9 so far is a great improvement over 7 & 8. Sure, nearly everything new is just ripped from firefox, but then again FF just ripped it all from Opera a long time ago.

I'm REALLY glad to see new tab button. Saving/loading tab groups from the bookmarks, quicker startup, etc. The minimalism I could do without but whatever, it's just a fad like glossy buttons and mirror reflections.

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