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Internet Explorer 9 – a ‘platform preview’

“At its Mix 10 conference on Tuesday, Microsoft gave programmers, Web developers and the world at large a taste of things to come with its Web browser.

Specifically, Microsoft released what it’s calling the Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview, a prototype designed to show off the company’s effort to improve how the browser deals with the Web as it exists today and, as important, to add support for new Web technologies that are coming right now.

Coming in the new version is support for new Web standards including plug-in-free video; better performance with graphics, text, and JavaSript by taking advantage of modern computing hardware.

One big change in the JavaScript engine Hachamovitch is proud of is its multicore support. As soon as a Web page is loaded, Chakra assigns a processing core to the task of compiling JavaScript in the background into fast code written in the native language of the computer’s processor.”

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