At its MIX11 developer conference, Microsoft delivered a developer preview build of Internet Explorer 10, the next major version of the company's Web browser - just four weeks after the delivery of IE9.
LAS VEGAS-Just four weeks after the
release of Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft unveiled the first platform preview
of Internet Explorer 10 at the MIX11 conference here.
In his April 12 keynote kicking off the
show, Dean Hachamovitch, corporate vice president of Internet Explorer at
Microsoft, outlined how the next version of Microsoft's Web browser builds on
the performance breakthroughs and the deep native HTML5 support delivered in
Internet Explorer 9. With this investment, Microsoft is leading the adoption of
HTML5 with a long-term commitment to the standards process, Hachamovitch said.
"It's great to be here with the
people who build the Web and make it work-developers," Hachamovitch said
in greeting the crowd as he opened his keynote. Hachamovitch also drove home
the importance of native technology. "Native experiences are the best
experiences," he said.
"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."
Joining Hachamovitch onstage to
demonstrate some of the power and advances in IE10 was Steven Sinofsky,
president of Windows and Windows Live at Microsoft, who showed off some of the
new features in IE10 and how it compares with competing browsers such as Google's
Sinofsky also announced an upcoming
Microsoft developer conference to be held in Anaheim, Calif., Sept. 13-16. "Save
the date," Sinofsky said. "This will be Microsoft's next developer
conference. We have a lot of exciting things to talk about there, including
HTML5, power of the Web, same markup and a lot more."
Consumers and developers face an
important technology challenge today: With the majority of consumers using
multiple devices, the performance and rich experience of native applications
demand the time and investment of rewriting applications from device to device.
As a result, technology standards such as HTML5, which deliver superior
performance through Web-connected devices, play an increasingly important role.
This dynamic creates a clear catalyst for developers to gravitate toward
technologies that not only comply with standards, but also exploit the power of
the local device to offer rich, immersive, next-generation Web experiences.
Hachamovitch said 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 innovations, such
as hardware acceleration, built on deep HTML5 support, to enable fast and
immersive Web experiences. 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.
Developers can download the Internet
Explorer 10 Platform Preview here and provide direct feedback through new code
refreshes approximately every 12 weeks.
"We've changed the cadence from
every eight weeks to every 12 weeks," Hachamovitch said. "There's a
difference between progress and cadence."
Internet Explorer is designed to bring
sites to the forefront, enabling a more immersive, more "beautiful"
Web experience, Microsoft said. At MIX11, Microsoft demoed sites and
applications from many leading companies, including foursquare, Namco and
Sparkart Group's new site for Bon Jovi, to demonstrate how companies are using
Internet Explorer to create richer experiences.
"We love foursquare playground
because it combines our API with interesting new technologies like HTML5 and
Internet Explorer 9 to extend foursquare to the desktop and deliver beautiful
visualizations of where users are gathering," said Holger Luedorf, vice
president of Mobile and Partnerships for foursquare, in a statement. "We
are excited to unveil new features in the experience, including an 'add venue'
function and photo sharing."
Examples of these rich demos can be
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