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Microsoft Releases IE10 Platform Preview 2 95

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BogenDorpher writes "Microsoft today has announced the availability of the second platform preview for its upcoming browser, Internet Explorer 10. The first platform preview was released in April. This new platform preview contains the same HTML5 engine seen in the recent public Windows 8 demos."
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Microsoft Releases IE10 Platform Preview 2

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  • link is blogspam (Score:5, Informative)

    by Lunix Nutcase (1092239) on Wednesday June 29, 2011 @05:34PM (#36616150)

    Instead of the blogspam link you could have linked the official page [msdn.com] that has far more useful information than useless article on the submitter's blog.

    • by Memroid (898199)

      Instead of the blogspam link you could have linked the official page[...]

      Are you new here? It's a requirement for Slashdot submissions to have at least two levels of indirection from factual information. The first level of indirection is the addition of a bias and the replacement of actual facts with misinformation -- this would be the referenced "blogspam link". The second level of indirection provides a summarization of misinformation, with the addition of opinions regarding a misquoted section of the misinformation -- this would be the summary. If the second level of indirect

  • According to www.html5test.com, the other preview is no better than IE 9. Not to say IE 9 is bad, it is just behind Chrome.

    With the latest fallout from Firefox 5, I expect IE 10 to become quite popular and as much as we hate Microsoft here, I think the newest releases of IE 9 and IE 10 are tollerable and I may even say cool to develop with. ... I feel I am trapped in the twilight zone for that last sentence.

    I am hoping this will change, but IE is very conservative and only tends to support tags and CSS that

    • They've already updated the score for Preview 2:

      Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 PP 2 231 6

      That's 106 higher score than Preview 1.

      • I eat my words. Preview 1 scored lower than IE 9 (141) when I tested it a week ago. Better but still HTML 5 support is between Firefox 3.6 and 4. Still it is a vast improvement, and any work shifted to the GPU is important for the sub netbook and tablet market with the new CPU/GPU combos. Webworkers and more CSS 3D will surely help.

    • According to www.html5test.com, the other preview is no better than IE 9.

      Possibly the test is incomplete; this page [msdn.com] says theyve improved a number of HTML5 aspects. And this isnt exactly a beta, so one would surmise that theres work yet to be done.

      With the latest fallout from Firefox 5,

      What fallout would that be? The 5 people on slashdot who think Firefox devs are pegging version numbers for numbers sake (rather than to signify a new development model)? Yea, the average user REALLY cares about that.

      Either way I would like to see HTML 5 forms,

      According to the page I linked, they are adding that to IE10, as well as other CSS3 tags and a number of other feature

      • Yea, the average user REALLY cares about that.

        No, they just care about the fact that their plugins fail to work after an update because the version number was bumped for no good reason. If Firefox would fix their stupid policy about what you can set maxVersion to there wouldn't be any issues but at the rate they are going to bump version numbers they are going to continuously cause headaches.

        • by Qzukk (229616)

          If Firefox would use an internal plugin API version number that plugins could check against so that users wouldn't have all their shit broken because FF and plugin devs are throwing hissy fits at each other, the entire problem would be solved.

          IE sidesteps this by making sure all three plugins work in the new browser before deploying it.

          • Im pretty sure PLUGINS dont break between firefox versions. You are perhaps thinking of extensions, which are utterly different.

  • ...that releasing browsers quickly is becoming mainstream now (competition is a fickle beast). As long as the URL bar is still there and the layout doesn't change that often, then I don't mind much. But the moment browsers try to remove the URL bar, the gloves will come off. The browser does not need to be minimized too much more, thank you.
    • I read somewhere that Microsoft plans to update IE annually. If the browsers are better quality and actually implement standards properly it wont be as drastic an issue as the past. For example Chrome mainly just updates its Javascript and adds additional tags rather than implement the way old HTML 4.01 is rendered.

      IE was low quality during 5.5 to 7. You could follow the standards and dumb race conditions would make certain elements load at different times and cause it to create a mess. To get around these

      • by yuhong (1378501)

        You could follow the standards and dumb race conditions would make certain elements load at different times and cause it to create a mess.

        Not to mention crashes and security vulnerabilities too. For example, as I mentioned in another thread, IE's parsing of plain HTML tag soup is robust, but as soon as you add some CSS, even something as simple as <table style=position:absolute;clip:rect(0)> would result in an exploitable crash that had to be fixed in a security update. Not to mention this [crashie8.com] and this [blogspot.com] example, and there are probably more.

      • by Grishnakh (216268)

        I read somewhere that Microsoft plans to update IE annually.

        So in 10 years, does that mean they'll be up to IE version 20? The only other software I can think of that has a major version number of >=20 is emacs.

    • by h4rr4r (612664)

      The URL bar sucks. Modal browsers rock. Browsing without vimperator is torture. I supposed there must be an emacs like browser for that faction as well.

    • The URL bar isn't there in the IE platform previews...

  • Will use it when it ends up on Windows Update.

    Or not actually, since I don't have any Windows 7 machines, only XP and Vista ones.

    Even if they did decide to support XP I'd probably keep using Opera.

    Well if Opera, Mozilla and Google stopped supporting Windows I might use it.

    • by SpryGuy (206254)

      You should update your Vista boxes to Win7. It's a dramatic improvment, and upgrade-in-place is supported. Vista does support IE9, btw... or rather IE9 supports Vista.

      As for XP, unless they're running on ancient boxes with less than 1GB of memory and no video card worth speaking of, they'd probably benefit from an upgrade to Win7 as well, though the need to reinstall everything is a drawback (as is the cost). But the security gains are real and significant, as is the usability.

      Everyone should be encourag

  • So.... Will this one have native HTML5? Or HTML6?
    • by MtViewGuy (197597)

      Right now, IE 8.0 only scores about 141 out of 450 points in the current June 22, 2011 release of the HTML5Test.com test page. This is really low compared to the competition:

      286 -- Firefox 5.0
      328 -- Chrome 12.0.742.112 (current public stable release)
      253 -- Safari 5.0.5
      286 -- Opera 11.50

      Hopefully, IE 10.0 has to be at least as good as the current Firefox 5.0 if they want to implement HTML 5.0 features correctly.

  • It took them 2 years and 5 months to release IE8, and 2 years to release IE9. Who knows when this version will be released...

    • by SpryGuy (206254)

      I'm betting it'll be released with Windows 8 in 2012 sometime.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Well they could release a new version of IE every month like certain other companies. How would you like to support that? :P

  • At the very bottom of this page [microsoft.com] it mentions fantastic news: the removal of the 31 style sheets limit!

    In Internet Explorer 9 and earlier, there is a limit of 31 style sheets per webpage. There is also a nesting limit of four levels deep for style sheets that are linked using @import rules.

    In IE10 Platform Preview, this limit has been removed.

  • Notice that in the blog post Microsoft is committing to 10 years of support for IE10. Big jab at Mozilla for sure, but that's exactly what's going to keep IE in the enterprise.

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