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The Architecture of Full Hardware Acceleration of All Web Page Content

September 10th, 2010

We’re excited that other browsers have started to use hardware to accelerate graphics performance. With different implementations starting to become available, now’s a good time to blog about the difference between full and partial hardware acceleration. In November 2009, developers had their first look at hardware accelerated graphics in a browser at the PDC. In…

Google Chrome Extensions at School: Staying Connected

September 9th, 2010

It’s back-to-school season in many parts of the world, so we thought we’d kick off a series of blog posts about cool Chrome extensions that can make life easier for students. These include extensions that help students keep in touch with friends and family, research and write papers, and be more productive during the school…

Opera 10.62 released

September 9th, 2010

Opera 10.62 has been released as a recommended upgrade offering security and stability enhancements. Download Opera 10.62 Changelogs Windows / Mac / *nix Thanks to everyone who helped out with testing! If you are ready for more, we’ve got some nice things coming up on the 10.70 branch in the coming weeks and months.

Debugging Common Canvas Issues

September 9th, 2010

As we’ve previously discussed, IE9 includes support for HTML5 canvas. You can test it out right now by downloading the latest platform preview. In our testing of sites that use the latest web standards, we are pleased to see that many canvas sites just work in IE9. For those of you using <canvas> on your…

Mail panel takes center stage

September 8th, 2010

Hi! In this build, we present to you a new Mail panel with more functionality. And there is more, so read on below. The Mail Panel With this new Mail panel, you can decide for yourself what items to show, and in what order. Not using the ‘Attachments’? Just hide it. Want your IMAP account…

Andreas Kling is now a WebKit reviewer!

September 8th, 2010

Andreas has made significant contributions to the Qt port of WebKit for the past year, and has lately been focusing his efforts on the 2D canvas, optimizing Qt rendering performance, and DOM compliance. Please join me in congratulating Andreas on his reviewer status!

Transitioning Existing Code to the ES5 Getter/Setter APIs

September 8th, 2010

In my recent blog post, Chakra: Interoperability Means More Than Just Standards, I explained why IE9 only supports the ECMAScript 5 API for defining getter/setter methods. I also mentioned that it is fairly trivial to define a simple compatibility library to help transition existing code to this new API. This is part of what it…

James Robinson is now a WebKit reviewer!

September 8th, 2010

James has been working on bug fixes and performance improvements in the layout and rendering parts of WebKit, as well as working on the Chromium port. Recently, he has been adding support for hardware accelerated rendering. He has already given solid feedback in informal code reviews for areas in his expertise, and I look forward…

Firefox 4 Beta With Faster Graphics and New Audio Capabilities for the Web

September 7th, 2010

The latest update to Firefox 4 Beta brings super fast graphics and incredible new audio capabilities to the Web. Firefox 4 Beta now leverages hardware acceleration to improve graphics performance for Windows users and also allows, for the first time, the visualization of audio data within the browser. If you haven’t already, you should download…

Opera 10.62 Release Candidate 2

September 7th, 2010

Here is our second Opera 10.62 Release Candidate. Just a few small tweaks to get Opera 10.62 ready for final. Let us know if you see any regressions since Opera 10.61. For those wondering about Opera 10.70, we will try to get an interesting new build out to you soon. Note: These packages have the…