Yeah, yeah, we get it, Microsoft. Internet Explorer 9 is really fast. It buckled its seatbelt, cancelled the three-ring circus and has gone to plaid. Its brains are going into its feet.
Alright, enough with the Spaceballs references. But the point is that Microsoft is flapping its gums about how fast its new browser is, including a recent blog post in which the company noted, “IE9 is the first and only browser to deliver full hardware acceleration of all HTML5 content.”
Hardware acceleration means IE9 directly taps into the computer’s graphics chip to share some of the processing power normally relegated exclusively to the CPU. That allows for graphics to run super smooth and lighting quick in the browser. With hardware acceleration, you can easily watch multiple HD videos on the same Web page — not that you’d want to now, but in the future, imagine the possibilities that opens up for Web developers.
But other browsers are saying, “What do we have on this thing, a Cuisinart?” … Sorry.
In a blog entitled, “Wrong, wrong, wrong,” Firefox maker Mozilla fired back, calling Microsoft’s statement “misleading and simply wrong.”
Alrighty, then. I guess they’re wrong.
The fact is that Firefox 4, which, like IE9 is in beta, uses hardware acceleration for HTML5 as well. As does Google Chrome 6 to a lesser extent.
As I wrote today, the bottom line is that fast-paced innovation in the browser space is paying off for end-users. But it’s still curious that Microsoft would stake such a claim if it isn’t true.
Microsoft has yet to respond to Mozilla’s blog post. What’s the matter, Colonel Sanders? Chicken? … Sorry.