At the PDC today in Los Angeles, Microsoft announced that Internet Explorer 9 was about 3 weeks into production, and that it will use DirectX to accelerate rendering.

While at once the idea seems a natural, I wonder what will be the outcome, because IE7 and IE8 did little to answer the gains of other browsers. As I see it, IE9  had better be an actual challenge to the top browsers in either features or speed, or what’s the point.

Download Squad has someone in attendance who put this up –

It’s only three weeks into its development, but Internet Explorer 9 has officially been unveiled today at the Professional Developers Conference (PDC). In fact, as I write this now, they’re still talking about IE9 and other tech advances over on the Microsoft PDC09 website.

Their goals with IE9 seem pretty obvious from the graphs shown in their presentation: faster, more standards-compliant website rendering. If you look at the slide above, lower is faster. And that’s just three weeks into their development of a new browser and web rendering engine!

They’re also including ‘hardware accelerated’ rendering using your graphics card using the DirectX D2D technology. Whether you’re trying to perform funky stuff with CSS3, Javascript or DHTML, IE9 should render things a lot faster.

There’s a big video (that requires Silverlight!) after the break. It explains and impressively-demonstrates the new DirectX D2D speed-up.

As I said nice idea, and of course, there is the obligatory graphic, showing that the preliminary IE9 is faster than the previous 2 iterations.

Did anyone think they would show that preliminary results are slower than IE8? What would have shown some huevos is to have shown the preliminary IE9 versus the latest Firefox, Opera, and Chrome revisions. After all, some real street cred would be gained if IE9 got within 20% of any of them.





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