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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 mechBgon on 4/13/2011 11:53:23 AM , Rating: 3
You're not seriously suggesting that IE 7 or 8 were actually better than anything else in use at the time other than IE 6 are you? You'd be one of the few who believe that outside of Redmond, so I'd be interested to hear why you feel this way.

IE 7 and 8 have Protected Mode, leveraging Windows Integrity Control to contain exploits of the browser and its add-ons. Chrome now does this, but at the time...? Right.

Fleetwide deployment, manageability, configurability and enforcability, whether the users want to cooperate or not, via GPO. IE has offered this since IE5 back in '00, because Microsoft realizes I.T. staff have better things to do than go around and do everything in person. The supposed competition seems focused on the single-user and SOHO arena, and assume that all the users have Admin privileges too.

IE has fleetwide auditability via MBSA. No competition.

IE has fleetwide updatability via WSUS, among other methods. No competition.

IE comes with a 10-year support lifecycle, guaranteed. No competition.

If your definition of success is a SOHO browser that has a fast Javascript engine, as opposed to something you can efficiently deploy and maintain by the thousands, then hey, pick your poison :)

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