Microsoft delivers new IE 10 preview for Windows 8

Microsoft delivers new IE 10 preview for Windows 8

Summary: Microsoft has released a new test build of Internet Explorer 10 that works on Windows 8 only. It adds support for even more HTML5 technologies.

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Microsoft made available for download its fourth "platform preview" test build of Internet Explorer (IE) 10 on November 29.

The Platform Preview 4 (PP4) release is for IE10 on the Developer Preview pre-beta build of Windows 8 only. This is not an update to the Platform Preview of IE 10 on Windows 7. (The IE 10 on Windows 7 is still at Platform Preview 2, as it has been since June of this year, with no word as to when it will be updated next.)

IE10 PP4 "adds even more support for HTML5 technologies, enabling richer Web applications with significantly improved performance," according to a new post on the IE Blog. Among the HTML5-related additions:

* Support for JavaScript typed arrays for efficient storage and manipulation of typed data.

* Addition of the CSS user-select property to control how end-users select elements in a Web page or application.

* Support for HTML5 video text captioning, including time-code, placement, and captioning file formats.

* Support for CORS (cross origin resource sharing), which allows developers to use XMLHttpRequest to request, share and move data across applications on different domains.

IE10 PP4 also introduces an updated quirks mode "that is more consistent and interoperable with the way quirks modes works in other browsers like Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera," according to today's post.

"The features in this platform preview are available to Web pages now, and will be available to Metro style applications in Windows 8," said Rob Mauceri, Group Program Manager and author of the blog post.

IE10 is expected to be available for Windows 7 and to be integrated with Windows 8. Microsoft is believed to be aiming to release IE10 shortly before or at the same time it releases to manufacturing Windows 8, which Microsoft watchers believe will be around mid-2012.

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

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • RE: Microsoft delivers new IE 10 preview for Windows 8

    Nothing about blocking ads as effectively as Adblock does.<br><br>But then MS relies heavily on advertizing and wouldn't like to bite the hand that feeds it, now would they? ;)
    ScorpioBlue
    • RE: Microsoft delivers new IE 10 preview for Windows 8

      @ScorpioBlue Does the built-in tracking protection in IE9/10 using the Adblock lists not work as well? It seems to work quite well for me...
      Flamelord2
      • RE: Microsoft delivers new IE 10 preview for Windows 8

        @Flamelord2
        It's not just tracking protection. I don't want to see the ads [b]period[/b].
        ScorpioBlue
      • RE: Microsoft delivers new IE 10 preview for Windows 8

        @ScorpioBlue Ah, so you aren't familiar with the tracking protection feature... It does block ads period... That is exactly what it is for in spite of the misnamed functionality.
        Flamelord2
      • RE: Microsoft delivers new IE 10 preview for Windows 8

        @Flamelord2 <br><br>As good as Adblock?<br><br>I have IE9. Let's see it.
        ScorpioBlue
    • RE: Microsoft delivers new IE 10 preview for Windows 8

      @ScorpioBlue

      The IE 9/10 tracking protection blocks the ads, can chose to use a block list built on the Adblock plus list if you like.
      dunnoseewhathappens
      • RE: Microsoft delivers new IE 10 preview for Windows 8

        @dunnoseewhathappens

        IE does not have a plug-in that does what Adblock does and block you [b]from seeing[/b] Flash-based ads.

        And it's perfectly understandable why they won't.
        ScorpioBlue
    • RE: Microsoft delivers new IE 10 preview for Windows 8

      @ScorpioBlue : Funny, I don't see much Microsoft ads - except on their web site for their products.

      You want to block ads? Put the URL of the advertiser in your "Restricted sites" security zone and/or host file and/or software firewall.
      Gisabun
      • RE: Microsoft delivers new IE 10 preview for Windows 8

        [i]@ScorpioBlue : Funny, I don't see much Microsoft ads - except on their web site for their products.[/i]

        No but their OEMs and the other corporates they affiliate with do. Not to mention the MS ads here on zdnet or at places like MSN or MSNBC, CNET, etc...

        [i]You want to block ads? Put the URL of the advertiser in your "Restricted sites" security zone and/or host file and/or software firewall.[/i]

        Why should I go to that trouble? Why should I right mouse click on every ad out there to get it's URL and have to manually put that in? That might be the Microsoft way of doing things but the Adblock extension in Firefox does it for me.

        Nope, without good ad-blocking software, IE10 is a non-starter. Not that I'm really disappointed. ;)
        ScorpioBlue
    • RE: Microsoft delivers new IE 10 preview for Windows 8

      @ScorpioBlue Given that they're not very good at advertising their products--although in most cases, they haven't really had to advertise very much at all since at least the mid-1990s--that's a scary thought.
      Third of Five
    • RE: Microsoft delivers new IE 10 preview for Windows 8

      @ScorpioBlue To be fair Chrome and Firefox don't have built-in ad blocking feature either. Adblock is made by a third party, not Google or Mozilla.
      statuskwo5
      • RE: Microsoft delivers new IE 10 preview for Windows 8

        @statuskwo5
        Well I don't think I said it was built-in, but you're absolutely right.

        Mozilla has encouraged people to install it.
        ScorpioBlue
  • I wonder why Chrome is so slow

    I wonder why Chrome is so slow when it comes to rendering graphics?

    I mean, who cares if their Java Script Engine is .0005ms faster when it can't render Gfx more than 3fps??

    Anyways, nice job MS..
    techsdfdsblogger
    • RE: Microsoft delivers new IE 10 preview for Windows 8

      @techblogger Do you not have a DX10 video card? (Not integrated pre-second gen Intel Core i-series graphics, but everything else that flies that Intel GMA banner.) WebGL in Chrome with a GeForce 8600GTS (an old, slow card) is more than usable while rendering 3D graphics in both Windows 7 and OS X Lion.
      Champ_Kind
  • RE: Microsoft delivers new IE 10 preview for Windows 8

    To think that a few years back, they saw no need to update IE.
    dhays
  • RE: Microsoft delivers new IE 10 preview for Windows 8

    I got rid of the DP years ago. What about Windows 7, Microsoft?
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
  • RE: Microsoft delivers new IE 10 preview for Windows 8

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    kkchsieewh
  • RE: Microsoft delivers new IE 10 preview for Windows 8

    Looks good.. looking forward to test drive IE10 :)
    DJK2
  • Shocked!

    No anti-Microsoft wankers made a comment here yet!

    Interesting that the requirements say "Microsoft Developer Preview" [at least on one MS site]. Nothing else. Also interesting to note that [if I saw right] it's a MSI - not MSU - and seems to be x86 and x64 together.
    Gisabun
  • Hope it's Better than IE9

    I finally gave up on IE9. I am now using Chrome as my main browser. Chrome is not perfect, but I got so tired of IE crashing or taking forever to load pages or not rendering pages properly - uggg. Will try out this new IE version in Win8. BTW - can't wait for the BETA of Win8. Hope they are improving a few things, e.g. the Metro UI maybe?
    jpr75_z