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Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Microsoft Previews Internet Explorer 10

Just four weeks after the release of Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft unveiled the first platform preview of Internet Explorer 10 at MIX11.

In his keynote, Dean Hachamovitch, corporate vice president of Internet Explorer, outlined how the next version of Microsoft's Web browser builds on the performance breakthroughs and the native HTML5 support delivered in Internet Explorer 9.

"The only native experience of HTML5 on the Web today is on Windows 7 with Internet Explorer 9," Hachamovitch said. "With Internet Explorer 9, websites can take advantage of the power of modern hardware and a modern operating system and deliver experiences that were not possible a year ago. Internet Explorer 10 will push the boundaries of what developers can do on the Web even further."

Internet Explorer 9 is the only browser with hardware-accelerated HTML5 spanning all graphics, text, audio and video. It was the first browser to introduce hardware acceleration, built on HTML5 support. The first platform preview of Internet Explorer 10 builds on these innovations and includes support for additional standards, such as CSS3 Gradients on background images and CSS3 Flexible Box Layout.

At the MIX conference Microsoft 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. Microsoft 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 Microsoft will update every 8-12 weeks.

Microsoft's IE10 HTML5 demos were running on the next version of Windows which supports the ARM architecture (as announced by Microsoft during CES this year). The demo was powered by the NVIDIA Tegra chip. You can take a look at the demo here:

Developers can download the Internet Explorer 10 Platform Preview at and provide direct feedback through new code refreshes approximately every 12 weeks.

At MIX11, Microsoft demoed sites and applications from many companies, including foursquare, Namco, and Sparkart Group Inc.'s new site for Bon Jovi, to demonstrate how companies are using Internet Explorer to create richer experiences.

Hachamovitch also highlighted projects from the Microsoft HTML5 Labs site (, where the company provides prototypes of early specifications from standards bodies, such as the W3C.

Microsoft also is focusing on standards and cloud development, helping developers scale their apps to multiple devices and platforms. In his keynote, Scott Guthrie, corporate vice president, .NET Developer Platform, discussed how the Windows Azure platform empowers developers to use their existing skills to build, host and scale Web applications in the cloud.

Microsoft announced the commercial availability of new Windows Azure capabilities, including services that accelerate application performance and enable secure and open access to Web applications through popular identity providers, including Microsoft, Facebook and Google. A new community technology preview of traffic management capability for Windows Azure is also available today, enabling developers to balance application performance across multiple geographies. Guthrie also announced a preview of Windows Azure content delivery network for media-streaming capabilities, available at the end of June.

In addition to its commitment to HTML5, Web standards and cloud interoperability, Microsoft discussed its commitment to sponsoring open source projects, such as the Orchard project, a free CMS project in the Outercurve Foundation's ASP.NET Open Source Gallery. Orchard 1.1 is available today, along with new Inc., UserVoice Inc. and DISQUS modules that contribute to the growing number of community-authored extensions for Orchard. Microsoft also announced an refresh of ASP.NET MVC 3 Tools Update, which enables Web developers to innovate quickly via new HTML 5 markup support, Entity Framework 4.1 with Entity Code First now built in for easier database Web solution development, and expanded NuGet capabilities for finding and installing community components.

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