Although IE9 is only 3 weeks old, this is what we have been told about it so far:
- It will use DirectX2D to render. What that means is that rendering web pages will be done by the GPU instead of the CPU, which should make rendering faster. This will also mean that font’s should look smoother as shown bellow.
96 point Gabriola on a Lenovo X61 ThinkPad at 100% Zoom using GDI (note jaggies):
96 point Gabriola on a Lenovo X61 ThinkPad at 100% Zoom: Direct2D (without jaggies):
- IE9 currently gets a 32 on the ACID3 test. While that’s not so great, if you factor in that they’re only 3 weeks in, and it is bound to increase as IE9 is developed more, it’s not so bad.
- It also now supports rounded borders.
So although a lot isn’t known yet about IE9, it does seem to have some stuff going for it. And just one request: Don’t tell me about how IE should use Webkit (if you read the comments on the IEBlog you’ll understand).
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