Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) RTW Hardware Acceleration Glitch with Third Party Hypervisors

Hours before the launch of Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft reporting of an issue that may prevent third party hypervisors from being able to take advantage of IE9's hardware acceleration feature.Microsoft didn't specify the virtualization solutions that IE9 fails to play nice with, but did reveal that the glitch was discovered with the help of VMWare.According […]

Hours before the launch of Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft reporting of an issue that may prevent third party hypervisors from being able to take advantage of IE9's hardware acceleration feature.

Microsoft didn't specify the virtualization solutions that IE9 fails to play nice with, but did reveal that the glitch was discovered with the help of VMWare.

According to Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc, there is an issue in IE9 which blocks third party hypervisors from making the best out the hardware acceleration feature of the next generation of IE.

"As a result, IE9 will default to software rendering when running in some virtual machines," LeBlanc stated.

"Internet Explorer 9 interacts with non-Microsoft hypervisors differently than earlier versions of Internet Explorer.

Microsoft is working on a prioritized update to Internet Explorer 9 and plans to make it available in the coming weeks to ensure that customers using third party hypervisors, such as those offered by VMware and other vendors will have the best possible experience."

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