Microsoft said that IE9 is faster at this benchmark than IE8 and several other browsers.
Microsoft also showed its progress in making the same standards-based HTML, script, and formatting markup work across different browsers. The company demonstrated better support for several standards: HTML5, DOM, and CSS3. IE9?s latest Acid3 score is 55, and Microsoft promised that it would continue to go up.
In several demonstrations, Microsoft showed the performance gains that graphically rich, interactive web pages enjoy when a browser takes full advantage of the PC?s hardware capabilities through the operating system. The same HTML, script, and CSS markup work across several different browsers; the pages just run significantly faster in IE9 because of hardware-accelerated graphics. IE9 is also the first browser to provide hardware-accelerated SVG support.
As an example of additional standards support to come in an update to the Platform Preview, Microsoft showed HTML5 video support at the MIX conference, as well as how HTML5 video (specifically industry standard HD-encoded, H.264 720p) has much better performance when it uses the operating system to take advantage of PC hardware for video decoding.
"I am very happy with Microsoft?s commitment to the HTML Working Group and to HTML5," said Philippe Le Hegaret, W3C, Domain Leader.
"Internet Explorer 9 is the first browser to take standard Web patterns that developers use and run them better on modern PCs through Windows," Hachamovitch said.
Starting at MIX10, developers also will be able to track Microsoft?s progress and provide direct feedback on the Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview by evaluating new code refreshes approximately every eight weeks leading up to the beta release. Developers can download the Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview at http://www.IETestDrive.com. We should note here that Internet Explorer Platform Preview requires Windows 7 (x86 or x64) or Windows Vista SP2 (x86 or x64) (no Windows XP).
"Internet Explorer 9 enabling GPU-accelerated HTML5 is a milestone for visual computing," said Drew Henry, general manager of GeForce and ION GPU business unit at NVIDIA Corp. "By harnessing the power of NVIDIA GPUs, Internet Explorer 9 removes the glass ceiling for Web developers, enabling them to build graphically rich, high-performing Web applications."
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