Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet reports that Microsoft is planning to release a new web browser with Windows 10. We have talked about it in the past, and its rumored extension architecture in particular, but it was expected to become Internet Explorer 12. Even then, snippets have shown that the team was considering a name change away from IE, to some degree of seriousness. Now we are hearing that it might actually be a wholly new, standalone browser that is installed alongside IE11.
Yikes. Okay, so…
Stick a fork in… … Trident…?
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Browser rendering engines have been in flux over the last couple of years. First, Opera decided to deprecate their Presto engine and move to Webkit, along with KDE, Apple, Google, Valve, and so forth. Later, Google decided to fork Webkit into Blink, with Opera following them, to push updates with less inter-company politics. Meanwhile, Mozilla (and Samsung) started a research project, called Servo, which was developed from scratch to be a multi-threaded, efficient rendering engine. This is difficult, because Web standards were designed to be single-threaded; it may be a successful replacement, or it may just teach them a few new tricks for Gecko.
Developing a new engine from scratch is daunting but Microsoft could obviously afford it, if it is deemed a worthy project. With Trident being forked, it seems unlikely for a while though. After all, why would they fork an engine if they had something in skunkworks for years (because a standards-compliant rendering engine takes a long time to make)? Chances are that they have no plans to even start, but don't let that belittle Microsoft's possibilities with a Trident fork that is free of legacy Internet Explorer concerns.
A preview of the new browser might not make the January technical preview of Windows 10, but it is expected to be done in time for Windows 10. We will probably have access to a pre-release version before then and they might even show it off during their Windows 10 Consumer event on January 21st.
Here’s how to access the new
Here’s how to access the new IE12 mode:
There needs to be a web
There needs to be a web browser that blocks all attempts at trapping the close button on a web Tab/Window, I am tired of web pages trying to launch drive by downloads of video players/adware pushing malicious code/etc. software, and when I try to close the webpage stops me from being able to use the close [X] button. This and a lot of other mouse/etc. pointer movement triggered interrupts should be a user enabled/disabled option. The client areas composed of the Tab/Minimize/maximize/Close(X: window, or browser TAB) should not have their functionality blocked by any web page, as well as the <- and ->(back and forward navigation buttons)! Web browsing should be under the user’s control at all times, and any ads, webpage scripting that interferes with the user’s browsing wishes, should be considered a denial of service, and treated accordingly. The navigation buttons(forward, back, as well the minimize, maximize, close page/tab) should not have their generated events trapped, repurposed, or any Mouse Over/Hover events over these button areas(Client Areas) used to interfere with the users browsing/closing/etc. actions. This has become more than simply annoying, and ad scripting that falsely inserts ad/malicious links into the browsing history that the user does not activity with knowledge perform(navigate to), needs to be made a violation, and result in fines, or worse! The Back and forward navigation Buttons, as well as the close and other essential navigation buttons are being held hostage, its time to disable unauthorized use of this webpage/browser functionality!
Old news… Is it that
Old news… Is it that difficult to do a copy/paste in a timely manner?
Old comment… Is it that
Old comment… Is it that difficult to not complain?
This isn’t another crack at
This isn’t another crack at “Msn Explorer” is it? I did beta testing on that piece of crap years go, I hope they arent trying for that again