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IE 10 One Step Closer

Microsoft has been teasing us all with its vision of the mid-term future. We have sneak peeks at Windows 8, bold cloud pronouncements and then there is the browser.

IE 10 is meant to reinvent the browser much like Win 8 is meant to reinvent the OS. While Win 8 has a fundamentally different look and feel, IE 10's changes are more in the innards.

The key move is to push HTML 5 in place of Flash and Silverlight. The idea is to have a single, open standard drive as a new wave of dynamic Web pages and apps.

Developers have been toying with what Microsoft calls a platform preview. These hunks of software have a limited UI, but the underpinnings are there to explore.

Now a fourth iteration of the preview is out and this one has some tough requirements. In fact, because you need to have Win 8, you need to be running preview software on top of preview software. The first two IE 10 previews didn't require Win 8 -- probably because it wasn't in good enough shape.

So what's new in the preview? It seems like little stuff to me. To a code jock it could be major. Now developers can add captions to HTML 5 video, decide which areas of Web text can be highlighted and where it should be faster.

Have you toyed with this puppy? If so, share your impressions by writing dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 11/30/2011 at 1:18 PM


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Reader Comments:

Thu, Dec 1, 2011

All a ridiculous boondoggle, the tragic result of Redmond's folly, chasing a tablet market into which both Apple and Amazon will introduce 2 or more further game-changing iterations before Microsoft unleashes Windows 8, its half-assed, heavily-flawed and ill-conceived Frankenstein monster upon a world which has long since left it behind, especially with regard to tablets. Purge the useless, reassemble the Silverlight team, if still possible, get back to that which Redmond's done best, and hope there's still some chance that Microsoft remains slightly more significant than Yahoo...

Thu, Dec 1, 2011

Ironically, when I upgraded my Win 8 tablet this morning using the Metro version of IE 10 it wouldn't automatically or manually open up the download. The legacy chromed IE worked fine. Which is another example of why I think Microsoft really, really badly needs to rethink all they're doing with Win 8.

Wed, Nov 30, 2011

IE10? Pretty much the same state of affairs as Windows 8: pointless, misguided, meaningless, doomed to failure and destined for obscurity...

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