Internet Explorer 10 Platform Preview 1
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Microsoft Windows 7 operating system 32/64 Bit. This version of Internet explorer is not compatible with Windows Vista, XP or earlier versions of the Windows operating system.
Just four weeks after the release of Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft unveiled the first platform preview of IE10 at the MIX11 conference in Las Vagas on the 12th of April 2011. The corporate vice president in charge of IE, Dean Hachamovitch said: "Internet Explorer 10 will push the boundaries of what developers can do on the Web even further." And the president of Windows and Windows Live at Microsoft, Steven Sinofsky showed off some of the new features in IE10 and how it compares with competing browsers. So let’s take Microsoft's latest browser for a test drive.
Because it is only a preview edition, IE 10’s interface is very simple, with no toolbar, address bar or status bar.
ACID 3 Test
Fig: 16.1 IE 10 didn't quite hit the mark on the Acid3 test.
CSS3.info provides a CSS3 Selectors Test. This automatically runs a large number of small tests which determine whether the browser is compatible with a large number of CSS selectors. Fig: 16.2 shows that IE 10 passed all 41 selector tests with flying colours.
Fig: 16.2 CSS3 initiated approximately 41 separate tests.
Fig: 16.3 IE 10 is rather larger in size than IE 9 resulting in a score of 215 ms during our test.
Microsoft's Internet explorer browser has supported HTML5 since IE9, and IE 10 will continue that support. IE’s driver page provides many HTML 5 demo's which you can try for yourself.
Page Loading Time
The time it takes for a web page to load is probably one of the most important user considerations. The faster a web page loads the better the user experience. For our test sample we used the Brothersoft.com web page.
As you can see (Fig: 16.4) IE 10 loads the page pretty quickly, but it is still somewhat slower than IE 9.0. (Fig: 16.5)
Fig: 16.4 The Brothersoft.com page loads somewhat slower that it did in IE 9.0
Fig: 16.5 Even though IE 10 is slightly slower it still out performs its major competitors
Security is one of the most important aspects of surfing the Web and a good browser should protect the user against pop-ups, viruses and phishing frauds. In testing the security of IE 10 we used just one of the many tests provided by Scanit.be. As you can see (Fig: 16.6) IE 10 passed this test with ease.
Fig: 16.6 The test results show that IE 10 is a secure browser
IE 10 is currently in the early stages of development and we certainly expect IE 10 to improve further as it nears the final release stage. While we expect the browser to be better than IE 9, it still has a long way to go and much more work is needed if Microsoft wants to make Internet Explorer 10 the number one browser.
- Ease of Use: 8.0
- Features: 6.0
- Value for Money: 9.0
- Overall: 6.0