Microsoft debuts IE10 Platform Preview, turns up pressure on Mozilla/Google

Microsoft debuts IE10 Platform Preview, turns up pressure on Mozilla/Google

Summary: Just four short weeks following the release of IE9, Microsoft has debuted the IE10 Platform Preview at the MIX11 conference at Las Vagas earlier today.Yes, Microsoft is serious about turning up the pressure on Mozilla and Google.

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Just four short weeks following the release of IE9, Microsoft has debuted the IE10 Platform Preview at the MIX11 conference at Las Vagas earlier today.

Yes, Microsoft is serious about turning up the pressure on Mozilla and Google.

This release features the following:

  • CSS3 Multi-column Layout
  • CSS3 Grid Layout
  • CSS3 Flexible Box Layout
  • CSS3 Gradients
  • ECMAScript5 Strict Mode

Microsoft is promising that a new Platform Preview release every 12 weeks.

If you're interested in what the IE10 Platform Preview has to offer, you can download the code from Microsoft.

Note: IE10 Platform Preview is only compatible with Windows 7 32-bit/64-bit.

Things are getting exciting ... it'll be interesting to see how much pressure Microsoft can put on Google and Mozilla with this aggressive update schedule. While there's nothing much of interest in this release unless you're a developer tinkering with HTML5, Microsoft is demonstrating to all that it isn't planning on standing still.

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  • RE: Microsoft debuts IE10 Platform Preview, turns up pressure on Mozilla/Google

    Although I do not know if it will put real pressure on them, I think that you might sacrafice quality this way. Microsoft cannot afford to do that. As it is their web browser is not the best out there.
    pc boss
  • HTML5 still stinks

    What's the fuss over this sad, bridge to nowhere future web framework wannabe? Trying to build the best browser for it is like a bunch of chefs competing on who can cook a pile of crap the least smelly.
    LBiege
    • Well, a number of people have a lot invested in the web not working well,

      and would love to see HTML5 die so we would have to use locally installed applications, or Silverlight, or Flash. But, even Microsoft gave up and is now more or less on track to fully implement HTML5. It is the real deal, with implementations getting better all the time.
      DonnieBoy
  • Does market share really matter....

    ...when all are giving their product away for free? Enquiring minds want to know!
    cornpie
    • It's all about control

      Does the status-quo get it? Or do the upstarts?
      LTV10
  • RE: Microsoft debuts IE10 Platform Preview, turns up pressure on Mozilla/Google

    Hopefully, this pressures Mozilla to dump Firefox's excess baggage (Legacy code supporting outdated operating systems). :(
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • @Cylon Centurion 0005

      @Cylon Centurion 0005
      Or they could simply create a newer version without the "excess baggage" while still keeping and updating the current version for older operating systems.
      anono
  • RE: Microsoft debuts IE10 Platform Preview, turns up pressure on Mozilla/Google

    Three things they need to do that have nothing to do with speed or HTML 5 that will do more to increase their market share then anything else:
    1) Decouple from the OS
    2) Not require a reboot after install
    3) Integrated spell checker
    sharkboyjohn
    • IE9 potentially got one of those right

      @sharkboyjohn

      IE9 didn't require a reboot if updating from IE9 RC, or at least didn't on mine. It did restart explorer and tell me logging off and on would commit any other changes. What you have to remember is that Chrome, FF and Safari only have to render for their own application. So when they update their rendering engine, you restart that program and you're set. IE's rendering engine serves as the rendering engine across the entire OS, including third party programs. People build in web elements into software all the time and typically use the IE rendering engine.

      They already decoupled the release schedule from the OS with IE9. I'm not sure what else you could mean by that. Refer to earlier point about the OS rendering engine if that's what you mean. It would be incredibly stupid for MS to build the same thing twice, differently, by two different teams. As for spell check, I still can't figure out why they don't have one. Not for the life of me...
      LiquidLearner
      • RE: Microsoft debuts IE10 Platform Preview, turns up pressure on Mozilla/Google

        That question was actually asked and answered at mix today. It's a non trivial problem to get it right for all the different languages IE supports
        Johnny Vegas
  • RE: Microsoft debuts IE10 Platform Preview, turns up pressure on Mozilla/Google

    I think that they had to have an update. From what I understand, their browser had limited support of html5 and css3 ( http://www.softwarecrew.com/2011/04/microsoft-releases-internet-explorer-10-platform-preview-1/ ) which they fixed on this newest preview. They still have a long ways to go but, I feel as if this last update they did some major catchup from IE9. You can see the difference by going to http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/Performance/FishBowl/Default.html ) with the IE9 and then IE10 and see the the frames per second is faster. It is crazy to see how a browser is already working on an update less than 30 days after their last release. Proves that if they did it right the first time, there wouldn't be this problem.
    ,mattehorn
    • RE:

      I even think that Chrome did the same thing. There has to be a lot of pressure because it is proven that people are willing to change browsers and not deal exclusively with what originally installed on the computer that they purchased.
      ,mattehorn
    • Ummm...

      @,mattehorn

      So Chrome got it wrong 9 times so far? They've released a new version every few months. And they're working on Chrome 7 when 5 comes out. So... wtf are you talking about?

      IE9 has the best HTML5 support according to the people who write the draft. So some random other sites knock IE. Who do you think is more trustworthy? From Platform Preview to RTW is probably close to a year. Which puts them on a yearly schedule. In that time Chrome will release 4 versions, supposedly FF will release 2 more at least. But because they're working on the next version it proves IE9 is screwed up... Can I have some of what you're on?
      LiquidLearner
      • RE: Microsoft debuts IE10 Platform Preview, turns up pressure on Mozilla/Google

        @LiquidLearner
        U really dont want what he's on.
        FlatbushE21
      • RE: Microsoft debuts IE10 Platform Preview, turns up pressure on Mozilla/Google

        What's he on, @FlatbushE21?

        Something you shared with him? ;)
        LTV10
      • RE: Microsoft debuts IE10 Platform Preview, turns up pressure on Mozilla/Google

        @LTV10
        Oh, it is the same thing you are trying to sell on these blogs since you started talking back. ;-)
        Ram U
      • Re: LiquideLearner

        @LiquidLearner I was talking about a quick release/preview following the recent release of both IE9 and Chrome 10.

        As far as html5 support, I never said that they had the worst support. I mentioned that they had limited support and the IE10 preview had fixed that. I even gave the link so that you could compare the two(and even the other browsers) and mentioned how bad FF was.

        ...and yes you can have some
        ,mattehorn
      • RE: Microsoft debuts IE10 Platform Preview, turns up pressure on Mozilla/Google

        @Rama.NET
        And what be that, Rama.BOY? The truth?

        :)
        LTV10
  • Good for everyone.

    Competition is good for us. They will keep getting better and better. Though, I feel, at this time, we are going to have more bandwidth issues than massive differences in browser performance.
    rgor@...
    • Not all of them. Pretty soon google will realize they are part of the

      crowd competing for the non-IE share and wake up to the OBVIOUS FACT that it's stupid for them to continue funding firefox. ff will become a fading memory. and between ie9 on windowsphone and android stepping up its game opera will soon achieve the same mobile share it has on the desktop and be joining ff and navigator and mosaic on the browsers of that past scrap heap. As iphone starts to make its way to single digit market share safari will cling to ipad for dear life but in 5 or 6 years when ipad drops to single digits safari will become far less significant too. It probably will maintain it's position as the least secure though for several years longer so it will remain in the news....
      Johnny Vegas