Microsoft delivers IE 10 preview 2 to testers

Microsoft delivers IE 10 preview 2 to testers

Summary: On June 29, Microsoft made its second preview build of Internet Explorer (IE) 10 available to testers for download.

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On June 29, Microsoft made its second preview build of Internet Explorer (IE) 10 available to testers for download.

"IE10 Platform Preview 2, the same HTML5 engine seen in the recent public 'Windows 8; demos, is now available for download," Microsoft officials blogged on the IE Blog today. The new build is available via this link.

The new preview build provides support for SS3 Positioned Floats, HTML5 Drag-drop, File Reader API, Media Query Listeners and initial support for HTML5 Forms, according to the post. There are also general HTML5 application performance improvements, battery-life-efficiency improvements and overall web-application security improvements, the team members said.

Microsoft is building around the "Trident" rendering engine in IE 10 with Windows 8. Windows officials have said that Microsoft will expect developers to use HTML5, JavaScript and CSS to build new immersive applications for Windows 8. Microsoft execs so far have made no statements about how/when/if the company will also support other development technologies in Windows 8.

Microsoft officials have said to expect new test builds of IE 10 every three months. The first IE 10 preview was released in April 2011.

Topics: Operating Systems, Browser, Microsoft, Software, Software Development, Windows

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  • I want these to have a UI

    Then they might be on the right track.
    Michael Alan Goff
    • The UI

      will come in a later test build, closer to the final release. I'd guess early 2012, possibly. Thanks MJ
      Mary Jo Foley
      • I know, you're right

        But I'd like to think that the types of people who test these would also like to really test these. I'd easily put this as my main browser if I could, it's quite fast.

        I want to test these things, but I can't.
        Michael Alan Goff
      • RE: Microsoft delivers IE 10 preview 2 to testers

        @goff256 - Remember that IE is deeply integrated into the OS - IE ships core componentry that's used by many OS features and 3rd party apps too (e.g. Windows' HTTP & SSL protocol stack, HTML rendering surfaces, etc). The last thing you'd want is to install IE10 preview and for all your OS features and many of your apps to be borked.

        The IE10 previews (and the IE9 previews before them) are there for developers to test the new rendering & javascript engines against their code WITHOUT interrupting the currently installed IE.

        A beta of the IE10 shell is expected along with the beta of Win8 later this year.
        bitcrazed
      • RE: Microsoft delivers IE 10 preview 2 to testers

        @geoff256

        These are developer previews, and aren't meant for mainstream usage. Once the code hits beta stage the UI will come back.
        The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • RE: Microsoft delivers IE 10 preview 2 to testers

        @ Bit

        I doubt it would bork my system. Microsoft is making IE10 work with 7, after all. Besides, any borking is easily fixed through the restore points. I'm just saying that I'd like to have the choice, rather than simply being unable to use it at all for normal use.

        @ Cylon

        And that's the biggest problem.

        This isn't for mainstream use. I can download the nightly firefox build, the dev Opera, Chrome Canary, Chromium snapshots, but I can't actually use this as my main browser.

        Imagine the feedback they could get from the community if they allowed it to be used as such.
        Michael Alan Goff
      • RE: Microsoft delivers IE 10 preview 2 to testers

        @Geoff256<br><br>You do have a point, actually. I never thought of that.
        The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • RE: Microsoft delivers IE 10 preview 2 to testers

        @Goff256 - "This isn't for mainstream use" ... that's the <b>point</b>.

        These are DEVELOPER PREVIEWS, not end-user previews and, as such, are not intended for widespread user adoption. Believe me, the IE team gets MORE than enough feedback already. Cluttering the IE feedback channels with a bunch of end-user comments and feedback at this stage in the product's development won't help the core IE teams complete their work for the next Beta release.

        There will be plenty of time for end-user testing & feedback when the Beta is released. For now, let's focus on making sure that the IE10 rendering and scripting engines meet developers' expectations.
        bitcrazed
      • RE: Microsoft delivers IE 10 preview 2 to testers

        You can never get more than enough feedback.

        How will people telling what's wrong with IE do anything to hinder it? It would only make it better. Besides, they don't need to put the super secret new UI they're working on.

        Just let me use my IE9 UI on it.

        I really don't see how it would be a bad thing.
        Michael Alan Goff
  • RE: Microsoft delivers IE 10 preview 2 to testers

    I'm surprised no one is complaining about this not running on Windows XP, like they did with IE9.

    Anyway, I like what I see so far. Seems like the IE team is finally back on track. Keep it up guys.
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • It also won't run on Vista

      I do believe
      Michael Alan Goff
      • RE: Microsoft delivers IE 10 preview 2 to testers

        @goff256

        Nope, but nobody was clinging on to Vista like a shipwrecked sailor, like people were - and to some small extent - still do.

        I still come across users cussing out Microsoft for not supporting their lazy habit.
        The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • I don't get why people hated Vista

        It was good with SP1 and better with SP2.

        Just.. not with 5 yr old computers. But who supports a 5yr old computer with an OS?
        Michael Alan Goff
      • RE: Microsoft delivers IE 10 preview 2 to testers

        @goff256

        Vista was good in the fact that it offered users one heck of a security update, one that XP could never give. I ran it a few months after it came out and never looked back. I still run it to play a few old games that won't run on my x64 Win7 partition.
        The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • Jeez dude, give it a rest

        [i]I don't get why people hated Vista[/i]

        If you can't figure that one out by now then there's no hope.
        blind obedience
  • RE: Microsoft delivers IE 10 preview 2 to testers

    The test previews are pretty impressive, this could create real gaming potential in a browser. The animations and frame rates where acceptable for at least moderate gaming.

    AMD AM3 Athlon 2.6ghz 64bit, 8gigs PC1600 GSkil ddr3, 1 - Kingston 128gb SSD HDD, 2X500gb WD Caviar Black HDD, 2 Sapphire Radeon HD5670s in x-fire, in a Rosewill Challenger case on a Gigabyte MA790XT-UD4P MOBO running WIN 7 Pro.
    lcloria2
  • It also won't run on Vista

    Then they might be on the right track.
    lddba55
  • RE: Microsoft delivers IE 10 preview 2 to testers

    will come in a later test build, closer to the final release. I'd guess early 2012, possibly. Thanks MJ
    lddba55
  • RE: Microsoft delivers IE 10 preview 2 to testers

    The test previews are pretty impressive, this could create real gaming potential in a browser. The animations and frame rates where acceptable for at least moderate gaming.

    AMD AM3 Athlon 2.6ghz 64bit, 8gigs PC1600 GSkil ddr3, 1 - Kingston 128gb SSD HDD, 2X500gb WD Caviar Black HDD, 2 Sapphire Radeon HD5670s in x-fire, in a Rosewill Challenger case on a Gigabyte MA790XT-UD4P MOBO running WIN 7 Pro.
    lddba55
  • RE: Microsoft delivers IE 10 preview 2 to testers

    Proof that competition is good for the industry. Forget the fanboys...enjoy the fact that Google, Microsoft, and Apple are fighting to impress the consumer (you).
    rgor@...