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Apr122011

MIX 2011: Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) First Platform Preview Available for Download

At MIX 2011, Dean Hachamovitch announced the first platform preview of Internet Explorer 10.

IE9 and Windows 7 offers developers the ability to create web experiences with HTML5 that’ve the same performance and immersive experience that they’ve come to expect from a native application. In his keynote address Dean demonstrated a perfect example of a website that simply wasn’t possible a year ago. SparkArt built an incredible HTML5 experience that turns Bon Jovi fans into directors of a Bon Jovi video. They did this in just 1.5 weeks. Watch the video below:

The only native experience of the web today is on Windows 7 with IE. As you can see from the keynote video, or by doing your own comparisons, there’s a real cost in terms of performance when browsers rely on abstraction layers when it comes to hardware and OS. IE9 has been fully re-architected to tap directly into the capabilities of Windows 7 and the underlying device. The outcome isn’t only incredibly fast sites, but developers are able to build experiences on the web that simply weren’t possible a year ago.

The release of IE10 PP1 is simply the next step in continuing the innovations and focus established with IE9:

  • More HTML5 with full hardware acceleration.
  • Continuing to deliver regular updates that provide progress on a regular cadence.

Here’s the IE10 PP1 demo:

If you are a developer, download IE10 PP 1 at IETest Drive site, or using this direct link.

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