Few months ago, it was announced that Internet Explorer 9 will be the first browser to use hardware accelerated graphics and text.
According to Microsoft’s senior product manager for Internet Explorer, Pete LePage, Google shall benefit from the upcoming Internet Explorer 9 release. When navigating sluggish sites, such as Google Maps, there will be a noticeable difference.
“That is, hardware graphics acceleration is going to give you better reading experiences – better fonts and an improved ability to see images and scroll through them.”
“Because we are moving all of the graphics processing to the part of the computer that is designed for it, you will get a smooth, wonderful experience.”
Although JägerMonkey is still in early stages, engine is already 18% faster than its predecessor (thanks to WebKit). Furthermore, ETA is not yet announced.
As for codename, Jäger is a German word that means “hunter”, go figure.
Thanks to mabdul and Nox for the news tip.
In the upcoming MIX10 conference, which begins in March 15th, Microsoft will be revealing more Internet Explorer 9 details.
One of the MIX10 team members also noted: “As General Manager of the team, Dean Hachamovitch is responsible for the design, development, and release of Internet Explorer. We welcome Dean back to the stage as one of our MIX10 keynoters in Las Vegas next month. After all, what would our premier web conference be without a browser update!? Dean will talk about changes and improvements that have been made to Internet Explorer 9 since PDC09, and his talk is sure to include a couple of surprises.”
It is yet unknown, whether Microsoft will make release available to general public or not. Although that would certainly be a nice surprise.
Apparently, Mozilla has decided to kill Firefox 3.7 and modify its current development process.
Originally, they planned to release version 3.7 as a minor upgrade, later this year. However, Mike Beltzner, director of Firefox said, that they will introduce various new features and tweaks via security updates, which do happen every few weeks or so.
The very first update will bring separated plugin processes from web browser itself which was planned for Firefox 3.7 (Q3-Q4 release). After development changes, estimated time of arrival remains unknown.
The good news: developers won’t have to waste their time updating extensions to make them “compatible” with “Firefox 3.7″. On the other hand, people, who prefer running stable, bug free releases and don’t really care about new features, might find this update scheme inconvenient.
As for Firefox 3.6 Final, it will be released either, on Jan 19th or 26th.
Our reader Somebody has come across a DownloadSquad post about presumably leaked Opera 10.50 pre-alpha build.
Windows 7 integration
… and improved user interface
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- WebGL Draft Specification Now Available
Thanks to Rob for links.
As you might know, Microsoft is planning to add hardware accelerated rendering to its upcoming Internet Explorer 9 release.
What about other web browsers? Well, Mozilla plans to do the same and ship final product faster than MS does.
Moreover, Bas Schouten has published interesting benchmark results: Direct2S vs. GDI
In the Opera forums post, one of the Opera’s developers has mentioned that they are implementing Windows 7 features “that makes sense” for the upcoming browser version.
Although not many details were revealed, he said: “Multi-touch is certainly one of those things we will evaluate as part of this process.”.
In the meantime, we can only hope that some of those implementations will be already available in Opera 10.10 Final release.
Thanks to Daniel Hendrycks for news tip.