Internet Explorer 9 unvieled
IE9 shows off HTML5 and the Hardware acceleration. Fundamentally in the right direction. Needs more spunk and refinement.
Internet Explorer 8 has been gradually loosing sheen to the nimbler, faster competitors across. It might still be the most secure browser, but it had some catching up to do on speed and the HTML5 support.
Quoting IE Blog, IE9 was designed to “enable a new class of applications. These applications will stress the browser runtime and underlying hardware in ways today’s websites don’t. We quickly realized that doing HTML5 right – our intent from the start – is more about designing our browser’s subsystems around what these new applications will need than it is about a particular set of features. From the beginning, we approached IE9 with the goal of enabling professional-grade, modern HTML5 support on top of modern hardware through Windows.”
IE9 is also the first browser to provide hardware-accelerated SVG support. IE9’s hardware-accelerated graphics takes full advantage of the PC’s hardware capabilities through the operating system to deliver significant performance gains on graphically rich, interactive web pages.
As with every incumbent IE is slow on many of the parameters compared to the Firefox, Safari and others, but IE being a majority share player in the browser markets, a robust and capable IE9 would be the key to the majority users accessing graphics rich pages in a better manner.