Microsoft looks ahead to Internet Explorer 10
Microsoft just got Internet Explorer 9 out the door, but that doesn’t meant that the boys from Redmond are taking a break — they are already gearing up for Internet Explorer 10.
Microsoft dipped its toes in the HTML5 waters with IE9, but it is doing a full-blown cannonball with IE10, which it unveiled at MIX11. In its press statement announcing the availability of the IE10 Platform Preview, Microsoft claims that it “is leading the adoption of HTML5 with a long-term commitment to the standards process.”
“The only native experience of HTML5 on the Web today is on Windows 7 with Internet Explorer 9,” said Dean Hachamovitch, Corporate VP for Internet Explorer. “Internet Explorer 10 will push the boundaries of what developers can do on the Web even further.”
Microsoft states that more and more consumers are carrying around multiple devices with them (notebooks, tablets, smartphones), while many others still rely on stationary computing devices like desktops PCs. Microsoft wants to ensure that consumers have a consistent web experience across all of these platforms and HTML5 is the web standard that will make this happen.
Here’s a blurb from the IE Blog on what the team is doing to further expand its HTML5 compatibility/capabilities with IE10:
We’re about three weeks into development of IE10, and based on the progress we’ve made, we want to start engaging the development community now. At the MIX conference today, we 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 www.ietestdrive.com 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. We 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 we will update every 8-12 weeks.