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Microsoft showed off Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview on Tuesday, with headline features including support for web standards and faster performance.
Microsoft aims to improve performance with the existing web as well as to support new features. For the former challenge, one change coming in IE9 is support for Direct2D and DirectWrite graphics and text acceleration in Windows Vista and Windows 7. This demonstration of whirling browser logos, including drop shadows and occlusion, uses hardware acceleration to speed performance.