Ballmer: IE Pushes HTML5 and JavaScript Faster and Harder than Chrome and Firefox

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer during the Developer Forum in Tokyo, Japan on May 23, 2011, revealed that the software giant continues to be committed to IE. Microsoft's efforts around HTML5 and JavaScript in the context of Internet Explorer's evolution will surpass those of rivals Google and Mozilla, according to Ballmer.While work still remains to be […]

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer during the Developer Forum in Tokyo, Japan on May 23, 2011, revealed that the software giant continues to be committed to IE. Microsoft's efforts around HTML5 and JavaScript in the context of Internet Explorer's evolution will surpass those of rivals Google and Mozilla, according to Ballmer.

While work still remains to be done, IE9 is the most compatible versions of Internet Explorer in history, playing nice with HTML5, CSS3, DOM, SVG and others, and pushing hardware acceleration to unmatched limits.

Following the finalization of IE9 earlier this year, the IE team started offering developers the first Platform Preview of Internet Explorer 10, which continues to be available for download.

Here's what Ballmer had to say about the present and the future of IE:

Internet Explorer 9 is the fastest browser around because of the way that we've married it to Windows systems and allow essentially full exploitation of the hardware to have the fastest and most beautiful Web on the planet run on Windows systems.

We've integrated the browser into Windows more fully, so that you can put jumplists, and pin those to the taskbar on Windows. We've improved JavaScript performance. We're running on downloads that are about five times the rate of customer acceptance that we saw on IE8.

And when it comes to HTML and JavaScript, and the browser, there will be simply no one who pushes that, not Google, not Firefox, nobody will push that faster and harder than we push with IE.

You can download, internet explorer if haven't yet, here, and internet explorer 10 Platform preview 1 here.