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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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