Microsoft on Wednesday unveiled the second test version of its next Web browser, Internet Explorer 10.
This will be the stock browser to ship with the highly anticipated Windows 8 operating system, expected next year, and today’s release is actually the same IE engine used in Microsoft’s first demo of Windows 8.
Internet Explorer 10 Platform Preview 2, as this release is formally known, implements several new HTML5 capabilities, turbocharges HTML5 performance, and adds some security options for Web applications.
Microsoft has posted over 270 new tests to the Internet Explorer test center and submitted them to the standards bodies. Internet Explorer 10 platform preview 2 includes the following:
- Positioned Floats
- CSS3 Gradients (on all image types)
- CSS stylesheet limit lifted
- CSSOM Floating Point Value support
- Improved hit testing APIs
- Media Query Listeners
- HTML5: Support for async attribute on script elements
- HTML5 Drag and Drop
- HTML5 File API
- HTML5 Sandbox
- HTML5 Web Workers
- Web Performance APIs:
- Page Visibility API
Internet Explorer 10, expected in beta form later this year, will only be available for Windows 7 and 8.
Microsoft confirmed in April that it has no plans to offer IE10 to Vista or Windows XP users. Future platform previews of Internet Explorer 10 will be made available every 8-12 weeks. Internet Explorer 10 platform preview 2 is available for download at Microsoft’s IE test drive site.
Check out more details in this video..