Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Panic, Mozilla and Google - IE10 might be just round the corner

Microsoft released their first ever Platform Preview for IE9 about a year ago from now. It was a simple peek into the next version of their browser that could be installed alongside the then-current Internet Explorer 8.

Now, just a few weeks after Internet Explorer 9 released, the IE10 Platform Preview has been released.
What is a Platform Preview?

It's just a stripped down version of the in-development version of Internet Explorer. It is simply a frame with an engine. Consider it as an upcoming concept car packed into an unattractive, temporary body. Developers (and even other people, like me) can use it to give the new features and new standard supports a try and test it out. Web designers might want to see if their super-advanced websites run properly in it.

What's new in IE10?
Internet Explorer 9 was built from the ground up to support new web standards like HTML5 and more. Internet Explorer 10 won't be a huge leap forward from it. Some details on what can be expected from it can he found on the IEBlog at MSDN. Based on the trend we have seen in Internet Explorer since the very beginning, I say that there will be a UI refresh. It might be a very slight one, but it will be there for sure.

IE10 Platform Preview displaying Right Now In Tech (click to enlarge)

The IE developers are three weeks into the development of IE10, and they say this:
"...based on the progress we’ve made, we want to start engaging the development community now. At the MIX conference today, we showed the new browsing engine along with several new browser test drives that anyone on the Web can try out.
Many of us share the goal of a more powerful, native, and robust Web. We want actual progress, not just iteration and activity, toward that goal.

The Web makes progress when developers can take advantage of new technology to build sites that feel and run more like native applications than Web pages across production-quality browsers using the same markup consistently."
You can download and give the IE10 Platform Preview a spin here.