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Microsoft says IE9 faster than Chrome, but is it?

Today Microsoft announced their Internet Explorer 9 browser, or at least the technology behind it. The User Interface obviously isn't finished, because they didn't show anything on that front -- just basically the rendering engine.
Written by Garett Rogers, Inactive

Today Microsoft announced their Internet Explorer 9 browser, or at least the technology behind it. The User Interface obviously isn't finished, because they didn't show anything on that front -- just basically the rendering engine.

The big feature of their new browser is GPU accelerated HTML5 rendering. Microsoft showed some real-world examples of how IE9 blows away the competition (with a heavy emphasis on how Chrome just can't compete in "rendering" speed). In the demos they showed, it does certainly seem that way, but to be honest, the demos they showed will (or should) never be implemented in real life.

If you ask me, GPU rendering simply doesn't seem like anything that will change the game -- sites that require GPU acceleration should just be redesigned.

Javascript, according to the slides, put Microsoft behind other major browser in javascript speed -- though they are quick to point out that the difference is just a "blink of an eye" -- but in my opinion, a blink of an eye for thinks that fast is longer than it sounds.

Do you have high hopes for IE9? Will hardware acceleration be a "game changer"? Or is it simply another gimick that fixes a problem which doesn't exist?

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