Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday offered up a “platform preview” of its upcoming Internet Explorer 9, aimed at letting programmers and Web developers get their feet wet with the new browser.
The company unveiled the downloadable prototype, which it said would be updated every eight weeks, in a public demo at this week’s MIX10 conference in Las Vegas.
“We love HTML5 so much,” Hachamovitch said. “We love it so much we actually want it to work. And in IE9 it will.”
He added that GPU-accelerated HTML5 apps will feel more like real apps as opposed to a static Web page.
In a future update to its IE9 “platform preview,” Hachamovitch promised support for HTML5 video. But to wet the appetite of the Web developers in attendance, he demoed a netbook running HTML 5 video on both IE9 and Google’s Chrome browser — which predictably featured laggy video performance on Chrome and smooth performance on IE9.
Another graphics comparison between IE9, Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox featured a spinning logo of former Microsoft Office mascot Clippy — which was also rendered faster by IE9.
With the standard itself, Microsoft made it clear that a top goal for IE9 is to support an interoperable HTML5 standard, which ensures that the same markup can be used by developers across all browsers.
“We’re trying to minimize the ‘same markup, different results,’” Hachamovitch said.