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Web Platform Features New/Improved In Windows Internet Explorer 10 Consumer Preview

Metro style Internet Explorer in the Windows Consumer Preview contains many user interface changes and additions compared to the Windows Developer Preview.

“Internet Explorer 10 in the Windows Consumer Preview introduces a number of new or updated Web platform features when compared to the IE10 in the Windows Developer Preview released September 13, 2011,” blogged ie team.

New or Updated Web Platform Features

The following Web platform capabilities in the Consumer Preview were not in the Developer Preview:

  • Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) for XMLHttpRequest (spec / dev guide)
  • CSS -ms-user-select property (dev guide)
  • CSS3 font-feature-settings property to access advanced OpenType® features (spec / dev guide)
  • Document setting to enable floating point values in CSS-OM (dev guide)
  • HTML5 BlobBuilder API and new APIs to save or open files (spec / dev guide)
  • HTML5 track element for HTML5 video captions (spec / dev guide)
  • Interoperable HTML5 Quirks mode (dev guide)
  • JavaScript Typed Arrays
  • Meta tag to alert user that site requires ActiveX add-ons available only in desktop IE10
  • Removal of legacy graphics features from IE10 standards mode
  • Changes to support latest HTML5 WebSocket API (spec)
  • Web Worker thread pooling

The following Web platofomr capabilities included with Windows Developer Preview received performance improvements:

and for more information, see this Windows Internet Explorer 10 Consumer Preview Guide for Developers.

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